Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai – An Epic Monument

On second day of my stay in Mumbai I was feeling more spiritual and less adventurous. It is the natural human tendency to crave for certain things in life to which one doesn’t relate to. And it happened with me on a Monday morning in Mumbai. I was in a mood to explore the artistic and architectural treasures of the city. Therefore I planned to make a visit to the Haji Ali Dargah which is located in the heart of the city in Worli. The Haji Ali Dargah can be referred as one the finest and most splendid monuments of India. The Indian Islamic architecture is rightly made on the patterns and designs of the monument with a hint of royal art. There is a 0.6 mile causeway to which the dargah is connected and it attracts more than a thousand devotees on weekdays. In certain Thursdays and Fridays, the population inside the dargah grows up to 40,000.

Haji Ali Dargah Entrance

Haji Ali Dargah Entrance | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai

Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The dargah was built in 1430s by Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari who was a patron saint and the mosque contains his remains which are devotionally worshipped by thousands of devotees irrespective of their religion. India is known to be a country where people fight in the name of religion, but here I could sense a totally different atmosphere. I was totally taken away with the ambience of the atmosphere that surrounded the mosque. Moreover devotional hymns and Qawwalis performed by Sufi musicians increased the overall sanctity of the atmosphere.

Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai View

Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai View | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/littledutchboy/7316804328

An exquisite marble courtyard is spread across the entrance of the mosque and a 26-meter high tower is also seen in the view. The hall of the mosque is adorned with elegant marbles and glassworks that increase the beauty of the monument. The embellishments made out of glass is such that one could feel the skilled hard work made upon it hundreds of years ago. Traditional Arabic motifs and several glass pieces made o blue, green, yellow and red colors are worth viewing. Sometimes one can get the view of the mosque like that of a floating or submerged architecture within the vast Arabian Sea. Such views enhance the beauty of the mosque as a whole. The refreshment stalls nearby also made my day as it did not let me feel tired.


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