Haji Ali Dargah – A Famous Religious Landmark in Mumbai
Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai is a popular pilgrimage destination for devotees. Without any kind of restrictions of caste, belief and religion, people visit to dargah happily to offer their prayers and to fulfil their wishes by the blessings of ‘Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari’. It is situated 500 yards off shore in the middle of Worli Bay in Worli. Haji Ali Dargah is embellished with the glorious views of blue water and the reflections of the Dargah itself. During high-tides, sea-water lashes the mosque and therefore, the best time to visit is comfortable season that calls for low-tide. Haji Ali Dargah was built in the year of 1431 by a rich Muslim merchant, Haji Ali. According to the saga, the great saint was drowned at the place devotees built a mosque on the very place. While the other version says that He died on his tour to Mecca and his dead-body was put in a casket, which floated back on the sea flowing in Bombay. The casket was found and with paying tribute a tomb was built with his name.
Mumbai is home to some of India’s most popular attractions. One such is the Haji Ali Dargah. It is a religious attraction visited by locals and foreigners of all religions and beliefs. It is also an iconic landmark for Mumbai as well as the whole of India.Thissacred Dargah is built in Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The structure is a marvelloussample of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The structure covers an area of 4,500 meters and its skyward tower measures about 85 foot (26m). The main hall within the Haji Ali Dargah is supported with pillars made of marble, which is flourished with multi-hued mirror. The blue, green and yellow chips glitter like diamond as sun rays fall on them. Keen observers can also find the 99 names of Allah, written on the pillars. The tomb within the mosque is covered with chaddar of brocaded red and green colour. Further, visitors can also have a glimpse of the wonderful carved out figures in the doorway.
This attraction and place of worship is home to the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.), the Muslim saint. The Haji Ali Dargah also features a Masjid. The structure showcases architectural styles of the Mughal period with white domes and minarets rising elegantly to the sky against the backdrop of the ocean. The Dargah is mostly visited by Muslim pilgrims, but it is also a much sought after place of worship by Hindus. Daily, this attraction is visited by over fifteen thousand people, with the numbers increasing on Fridays and over the weekends.
The Haji Ali Darga is generally unapproachable during Bakri Eid and Ramadhan Eid days, due to the masses that gather to show their devotion to the saint. Generally people from all over the world visit this sight, especially those who wish to offer prayers to the saint and requesting the fulfilment of wishes in return. Regardless of religion, cast or creed this Dargah is a popular place to visit and people have immense faith in the abilities of the saint in answering their prayers of fulfilment, especially when it comes to health, wealth and marriage.
How to Reach
Haji Ali Dargah can be reached from the airport via train, bus, Mumbai Airport taxis or private players like Uber, Ola, etc. Trains which belongs to Mumbai Suburban Railway, ferry pilgrim from Mumbai airport to Haji Ali Dargah in approximately 17 minutes. 385 number bus from Nehru Planetarium, which is near Haji Ali Dargah carries passengers to Mumbai Airport.