May 21, 2013

Haji Ali Dargah...!!

The only time I had seen Haji Ali Dargah, that too from a distance was when my taxi sped past its silhouette during a late evening (http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2011/04/hue.html). Sun was about to retire for the day and the dargah in the distance looked gorgeous against the orange background. 



However this time I walked to the islet to visit the beautiful Indo Islamic architecture called Haji Ali Dargah. It is half a kilometer walk from the coast along the causeway to the dargah. It was crowded as it has always been and the tides were not very calm. Vendors were selling everything from flowers to eateries and it was a shoulder rubbing walk all the way. People asking for alms with held out hands were quite frequently seen. Summer was at its peak and the local kids enjoyed the heat by jumping into those brown waters. The saline waters thrashed on to the causeway and kept flowing over it to the other side all along. There are restrictions on entry when the tides are high. People throng into this dargah in huge numbers irrespective of their religion and that is the best part that I liked about Haji Ali. 





It was quite crowded inside the Dargah too and after a quick blessing from the saint I came out to have a cup of tea. The walk back was a content one. I have always wanted to visit this dargah every time I was in Mumbai. A visit during the evenings when the sun sets would be a lovely experience.

Haji Ali Dargah was built in AD 1431 in the memory of Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a Muslim saint whose body peacefully sleeps inside.



Signing Note- A Dargah that charms you with faith...!!

Location- Near Worli, Mumbai

46 comments:

  1. best captures of Haaji Ali so far I have seen on the net !!
    Daniel,You, Firoze Sir and Magic Eye .. I die to see captures of you all !!
    Awesome .. the 1st and last capture is my favourite !! Thumbs Up !! Super Like !!

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  2. Some nice shots there ! nicely covered all the aspects with good perspective !

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  3. beautiful pictures! Even I found this place quite enchanting! However, I've admired it only from a distance.

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  4. Lovely pictures. It features in the novel Shantaram too. Have not seen it, yet.

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    1. Thanks Mridula. A reason to read Shantaram. :)

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  5. nice info and really good pics.

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  6. Lovely shots!! Yet to visit!!

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  7. Thanks for sharing the post.many times i have been there in Mumbai and crossed through Haji Ali and always have missed a chance to visit inside the Darga.But now after hearing to you i.ll definitely visit there.Thanks again...

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  8. Nice clicks!


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  9. Fabulous photographs, Niran. I love the first one and the framing in the last one is beautiful!!

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  10. It looks good in Monochrome too. I've seen this place only from afar. Would love to see it sometime.
    Thank you for the visuals. :)

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    1. It is a lovely place Divya, a bit crowded though. Glad that you liked it.

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  11. Great shots of the darga. Sad about the ugly real estate that was built to surround the beautiful darga. When we were growing up all we saw was the domed darga - a beautiful sight.

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, it has become commercialized now with a lot of vendors and shops.

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  12. Wonderful clicks and great info... Had visited long time back when I was a kid.. I'm a new blogger... Do visit my blog.. http://kitchenserenity.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank you. Shall definitely go through your blog.

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  13. You have captured the mood very well Niranjan. Love that last shot.

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  14. good photos and nice write-up

    thanks niranjan

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  15. Great. I've only seen this from a distance (from main road), haven't gone inside

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    1. Thank you. It is a nice place to visit.

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  16. Nice informative post and a good choice for tourists which traveling in Mumbai.

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