|Haji Ali Dargah during high tide,Mumbai. www.indiantravellers.co.in|
This famous Sufi shrine was built in the year 1431 in memory of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari who under took pilgrimage to Mecca by selling all that he had possessed then. Business man by profession, he traveled many parts of the world. Hailing from Uzbekistan, at last, he settled in India in the 15 th century in the place which later came to be known as Bombay during the East India company rule.
|Haji Ali,dargah, Mumbai. during Low tide.www.padhaaro.com|
Standing in the midst of blue waters of the Arabian sea just off the coast, the dargah is connected by a causeway without railings on both sides and can be accessed only during low tides. In spite of this poor access, roughly 40,000 people visit this holy place; Thursdays and Fridays are busy ones. There are separate rooms for men and women to do their Namaz. The tomb is covered with brocaded red and green cover called Chadder. The artistic works in glass include ninety nine names of Allah in Arabic.
The historical place of veneration made of white marble
|Haji Ali,dargah, Mumbai. tourmet.com|
This is the only dargah that is built in the middle of the sea surrounded by saline water. Baring the difficulties to access the shrine more and more people, including Hindus visit to seek the blessings of Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a good hearted saint
In November, 2012, for unknown reasons, the dargah authorities banned the entry of women in the sanctum and there was wide spread protest from a section of Muslim women and other groups.