Location: The mausoleum or Dargah of the admirable Sufi saint ‘NIzamuddin Auliya’ is scattering the fragrance of divinity through its presence in Nizamuddin west area of Delhi. The religious hub representing ‘Islam’ is thronged by various pilgrims regardless of any particular religious people, caste and creed from across the globe. A serpentine queue of devotees can be witnessed there every week.
History: Nizamuddin Auliya took birth in Badayun, UP and lost his father ‘Ahmad Badayun’at the tender age of five. Then, he moved to Delhi along with his mother ‘Bibi Zulekha’. When he was 20 year of age, he went to Ajodhan (the present Pakpattan Shariff in Pakistan) where he became a disciple of the Sufi-saint Fariduddin Ganjshakar, who was called ‘Baba Farid’. However, he shifted to Delhi and resumed his theological studies. Side by side, he practiced the ‘Sufism’- a devotional practice and prescribed litanies (a religious practice of summoning god). In the month of Ramdan, he used to visit his Ajodhan every year to his master ‘Baba Farid’. Appeased with the devotion of Nizamuddin, Baba Farid declared him as his successor. No sooner Nizamuddin reached Delhi, the news of Baba’s death came to him.
Significance: There is an underlying myth associated with this shrine that all wishes of the reverend devotees come true if he visits the Dargah with pure and sanctified heart. ‘Haj-Pilgrimage’ is supposed to be incomplete when pilgrims miss their presence there before heading to ‘Ajmer Shariff’ and then to, ‘Mecca and Madina’ in Saudi Arab.
Neighbourhood: The neighboring area surrounding the mausoleum is named after the Sufi-Saint ‘Nizamuddin’. Along Mathura Road, there are two divisions-one is ‘Nizamuddin West’ and the second is ‘Nizamuddin Railway Station’. The former division heads to the location of the Dargah complex and a lively Bazaar while the latter division leads to a posh residential area between Humanyun’s Tomb & the Nizamuddin Railway Station.
The other historical monuments encircled in this ‘Nizamuddin Heritage Area’ are Chausath Khamba, Barakhamba and Sabz Burj (Blue Gumbad).
Tombs: This pious religious place of Muslims shares space fairly with the tombs of various famous personalities hailing from history, such as renowned master of verse ‘Amir Khusro’, Mughal Princess ‘Jehan Ara Begum’, ‘Humanyun’ , ‘Mirza Ghalib’ and ‘Inayat Khan’.