Sayyad Khwaja Ismail Chisti (RA)

Kantit,Uttar Pradesh, India

History

This is the mausoleum of Sayyad Khwaja Ismail Chisti Rahmatullah- the nephew of Khwaja Garib Nawaz of Ajmer. It is common belief that those, who cannot pay regards to Ajmer Shareef due to long distance, gather here and get the same religious satisfaction as if they are visiting the Mazaar of Khwaja Moinuddin Sahib of Ajmer. Once the wish of devotees is fulfilled, they offer 'chaader' (bedsheet like covering) on the mazaar. They also distribute 'halwa', 'zarda', and 'sheernee' among poor and disables.

The most striking feature of this centre of Hindu-Muslim unity is that the first chaader (sheet) is bestowed at the dargaah by not a Muslim but by a Hindu, who belongs to Kasera family of Mirzapur city. Only then the Urs of Dargaah takes the final inauguration of annual segregation. This tradition of beginning of urs by a Hindu has been going since times past from the time of Jawahar Kasera, the ancestor of present line of Kasera.

Historical investigations tell that Khwaja Sahib became popular among masses when he succeeded to control arbitrary natured kings Daanav Rai and Dhama Rai, who belonged to Gaharwar Rajpoot sect of Hindu religion. They were established as very strong but cruel kings. Some of their polices were fatal for public good. At this juncture Khwaja Sahib miraculously impressed the two kings so much that their behaviour changed and they started the policy of public good.

Additional Info

On the 5th, 6th, & 7th day of Rajab month (as per Muslim calendar) an annual Urs is held here and people throng this shrine from distance places. This is the symbol of communal integrity.

How to Reach: From Kantit Sharif Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Varanasi is approx. 68 km, it is approx. 1 km from Vindhyachal Railway Station and Vindhyachal Bus Stand. Pre-hired taxi/auto/ cycle rickshaw are available from city to Kantit Sharif,
Nearest City : Vindhyanchal
Nearest Bus Stop : Vindhyachal Bus Stand
Nearest Airport : Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Varanasi
Nearest Railway Station : Vindhyachal Railway Station
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