A Dargah is a shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure, often a Sufi saint or dervesh. Dargah, derived from a Persian word, means “portal” or “threshold. Most devotees believe that dargahs are portals by which the deceased saint’s intercession and blessing can be invoked. While most of the Dargahs have been built and managed for a long time, there are some mazaars, i.e., the reverred grave/s of Sufi saints or derveshes which do not have a huge shrine built around. However, this in no way decreases the importance or following of the sacred place.
Thursday gains importance for visit to the mazaar because it is Jumme-Raat, a day considered to be auspicious for prayers and wishes to come true. It is also believed that divine souls bless believers on this day.
Two of the well known examples of Mazaars reverred by all are :-
1. Mazaar inside the Delhi Airport which is in the Honour of Hazrat Kale Khan and Hazrat Roshan Khan.The mazaar of these ennobled souls is close to the busy runway 10/28 and the shrine is spread across a large piece of land right in the middle of the airport. Believed to be Centuries old, the mazar is open to all on Thursdays between 2pm to 5pm and thousands visit to pay their respect and seek blessings.
To reach the mazar, Devotees enter the cargo terminal near Gate number 6 and buy their offerings such as holy chadars, sirni and flowers right there to offer at the shrine. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officers frisk the devotees before they can board the bus to reach the mazaar.
2. Similarly, in Lucknow the 950-year old shrine of Saint Shah Syed Qayamuddin, also known as ‘Khamman peer baba‘ by devotees is thronged by devotees of all faiths and there are many folklores about the much reverred baba. Devotees come in hordes to the area near Charbagh railway station to seek blessings of the ‘peer’. Devotees have to face the crowd control police force, stand in queues and cross a mesh of Rail tracks before they can reach the mazar but they do so undeterred and with extreme faith.
Some Dargahs have integrated structures around the location which may include a Masjid and a place to rest / stay for devotees. Many devotees and performers pay their respect and homage to the Saint in whose honour the mazar stands, by singing and participating in Qawaali, a musical form of prayer or singing praises and folklore of the Saint.
May Allah bless us all!