Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

This article provides information on the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyaa Dargah of New Delhi, India.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyaa Dargah is located in New Delhi, across the road from Humayun's tomb. The 'dargah' of revered Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyaa has its devotees all over the Islamic world. A settlement has sprung up here, known as 'Nizamuddin' for short. This shrine also houses the tomb of Amir Khusrau, a famous poet and the saint's beloved disciple. Encroachments plaque, the shrine, and the area itself, seem to belong to another century. The shrine was built by Muhammad Tughluq & is one of the sacred places of pilgrimage in India.

Other tombs situated inside the complex of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliyaa Dargah belong to Begum Jahan Ara, Shah Jahan's favorite daughter, and Mirza Ghalib. Every Thursday, one can hear qawwalis here, around sunset. According to the legend of Nizamuddin, Shaikh Nizamuddin was born at Budaun in 1236. He came to Delhi with his mother and became the disciple of the famous saint Shaikh Farid Shakarganj. The rulers, such as Ala-ud-Din Khilji and Muhammad Tughluq, were devoted to him.

It is said that he had already prophesized beforehand that city of Tughluqabad could never prosper and that Ghiyath-ud-Din Tughluq, who was then in Bengal, would never see Delhi again. The prophecy came true and he died in 1325. The original tomb has been renovated many times and the present tomb was built in 1562. The area around the tomb is regarded as sacred. Twice every year, the festival of 'Urs' is celebrated here to commemorate the death anniversaries of Hazrat Nizamu'd-Din Auliya and Amir Khusrau.