Hazrat Shaikh Saleemuddin Chishti

Fatehpur Sikri,Uttar Pradesh, India

History

Shaikh Salim Chisti (1418-1572) was one of the famous Sufi saints of the Chishti Order in India. Salim Chisti was the descendant of the famous Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti whose tomb is in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

Fathehpur city was founded in Sikri village, 40km from Agra by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in honour of the Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. Emperor Akbar came to Sikri in search of the saint to ask his blessing for a son when all else had failed. The Sufi saint who was Emperor Akbar's advisor and teacher predicted that the king would have three sons. The prediction came true, and Akbar's son Jahangir was named as Salim after the saint, and raised by the Sufi holy man. The saint passed away in 1571. To perpetuate the memory of the saint, Akbar constructed a charming mosque in the midst of Sikri complex with its palaces, courts, baths and gardens. The white marble mausoleum of Sheikh Salim Chishti with its unusual carvings, has an ethereal quality about it.

Additional Info

Salim Chishti's mazar is one of the most notable accomplishments of Mughal architecture, surpassed only in reputation, and is flanked by the massive Buland Darwaza or Victory gate on the southern side, the Badshahi darwaza or Emperor's gate on eastern side, and a grand mosque Jama masjid on western side, as well as by courtyards, a reflecting pool, and other tombs. Construction commenced in 1571 and the work was completed fifteen years later.

How to Reach: The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti in Fatehpur Sikri may be approached from Agra, 37 kilometers away or 18 kilometers from Bharatpur. Trains are available from Idgah Agra Jn. station which is near the airport. Buses are also available from Agra Bus Service (Ajmer road, pratappura) to the dargah which is around 40 km.,
Nearest City : Agra
Nearest Bus Stop : Fatehpur Sikri Railway station bus stop
Nearest Airport : Agra kheria airport
Nearest Railway Station : Fatehpur Sikri Railway station
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