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Chiragh-i-Dihli's Dargah

Chiragh-i-Dihli Dargah in Delhi is located in the Chirag Delhi Village. It is easily accessible from the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg through the Chiragh main road or the Outer Ring Road through the Soami Nagar South Colony. It houses the cenotaph of the Sufi saint Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud. Known as Raushan Chiragh-i-Dihli, which signifies the 'Illuminated lamp of Delhi', the sufi saint died in the year 1356. Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud was the disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin. Nasir-ud-din Mahmud became the head of the Chisti sect after his master’s death. The village of Chirag Delhi grew up around this sacred tomb and was earlier surrounded by broken rectangular walls with gateways on each side, built by Muhammad Bin Tughlaq.

The main tomb of the pious saint is a square chamber supported on twelve pillars and enclosed by a dome with turrets on every corner. The dome here resembles that of Mubarak Shah's tomb which rises from an octagonal drum and is a plastered one. Several additions have been made in the dargah complex over time. Today the shrine complex houses the assembly hall (Majlis-Khana) or the symposium hall (Mahfil-Khana), apart from several tombs of noble and distinguished men. The sacred cpmplex houses several mosques. Emperor Farrukhsiyar built one of the mosques in the early 18th century in veneration and reverence of the holy saint.

History:

Chiragh-i-Dihli's Dargah in Delhi is a major tourist attraction in the capital city. It is home to the tomb of the famous Sufi saint Nasir-ud-din Mahmud. He earned the epithet 'Raushan Chiragh-i-Dili' (illuminated lamp of Delhi). He inherited the legacy of Hazrat Nizamu'd-Din, his master as the head of the Chisti sect. The sacred saint died in 1356. The village of Chiragh Delhi which grew up around the tomb of Nasir-ud-din Mahmud is today an urban settlement. The village was earlier enclosed in a large rubble-built rectangular square built by Muhammad Bin Tughlaq.

The tomb has been refurbished over time. Majlis Khana(assembly hall) and Mahfil khana(symposium hall) are the special features of the shrine complex. Several mosques, including the one built by Farrukhsiyar are enclosed within the complex. The shrine complex also houses several tombs and graves.

Fast - Facts:

Location:

Chiragh-i-Dihli’s Dargah in Delhi is located in the Chirag Delhi Village. On Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg beyond Chiragh main road

Built By: Muhammad Bin Tughlaq

When was it was built: 1356

Special Feature:

Chiragh-i-Dihli’s Dargah in Delhi has several structures like the assembly hall, symposium hall, graves and tombs, displaying grand architecture /p>

How to Reach:

Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach Chiragh-i-Dihli’s Dargah is Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or even avail of the metro rail.

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Open: On all seven days of the week

Nearby Attractions:

Chiragh-i-Dihli’s Dargah in Delhi, will fascinate you with the architectural designs of the numerous structures built within the premises. After exploring the dargah in Chirag Delhi Village, you can visit the nearby attractions of Chiragh-i-Dihli’s Dargah.

Khirki Masjid- Located in Khirki village, this mosque is one of the only two closed mosques in northern India. You will just have to travel 2 kilometers from Begumpuri Masjid off the Press Enclave.

Kalkaji Temple is also known as Kalkaji Mandir. It is dedicated to Kalka Devi or Kali, a form of Goddess Shakti and draws large number of tourists during the nine-day festival of Navratri.

Lotus Temple- Lotus Temple or the Bahai House of Worship, is famous for its architecture. The temple is surrounded by lakes and gardens and attracts tourists from all over the world for its architectural splendor

Mubarak Shah's tomb is located in the Kotla Mubarakpur area and is popular for being one of the best octagonal Sayyid tombs. You can reach this tomb either by taking the August Kranti Marg or the Ring Road via Gurdwara Road. 

Nizamuddin's Shrine- Nizamuddin's Shrine is located in Nizamuddin village. It is the shrine of the famous Muslim saint, Sheikh Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Chishti.





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