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The oldest Dargah of Indore city, Hazrat Gaazi Nooruddin Iraqi Rahamatullah Alleh, regionally known as Naahar Shah Wali Dargah is one of the most exemplary religious spots for the Muslim community. Located in Khizrabad Colony near the famous Khajrana Ganesh Temple in Indore, the Dargah Gate stands high touching the sky. As compared to the city's memoirs, Khajrana region has historic significance of its own & it dates back 500 years from now.
Aurangzeb, the contemporaneous king of India, spent his whole life battling in the wars. To teach the Marathas & Subedars of South, once he set his route to Deccan via Burhanpur. In those days, Khajrana used to be a halt between Agra and Burhanpur. One of the foot soldiers of Aurangzeb, who fought many wars for his King, had prayed for the victory of Aurangzeb over Deccan. The soldier was also entitled to honour of Gaazi, the first one to dig in the victory flag at a fort, by Aurangzeb. When the warrior breathed his last breath, the Emperor decided to pay his gratitude by building a shrine over the grave of this revered religious figure. At present, it is located East to Indore in the Khajrana locality. It is under the care and possession of the Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAME-
Hazrat Gazi was a man of God and according to a folklore, when he was absorbed in chanting the prayers of Allah, the Lions used to come on the spot and sweep the area around his seat using their tails as a broom. People were aghast to behold such a majestic view, as a result, they started calling the man, Naahar Shah Wali Baba as a memento. In Malwa region, Naahar means Lion and the name was just a souvenir to the holy man.
Once upon a time, Emperor Yaswant Rao Holkar had to undergo a risky kidney operation. A prayer with an oath was sworn by the family to serve the Naahar Shah Wali Dargah, a holy vestiture, if the operation succeeds. Wishes were granted to the royal family and till date the family is fulfilling their oath. One of the most conspicuous thing about the Dargah is that most of the people come here with a wish for a child. Many incidents led people to believe that if a couple bows and devotes themselves to the holy atrium, their wish is likely to be granted. The Dargah is open to people of any religious beliefs. Everyone is welcomed to the abode of his holiness. If their prayer comes true, they'll have to do Tula Daan, an endowment in which one has to donate equivalent to a person's weight.
To reach the Dargah, one has to go via Khajrana Temple of Lord Ganesh to a Kaalka Mata Temple en-route. The basic outline structure of the main Dargah is traditional. What makes the architecture of this divine place immaculate is the huge gate at the entrance of the Dargah. With two steeples going straight up in air situated at the gate’s two ends at the top, a third tower rests in the middle, a little shorter than the two on the opposites. On the walls of the gate, spiritual prayers are written in Arabic/Urdu. The gate is big enough to let heavy and huge vehicles like a truck or a bus pass through it. Although entry of any heavy vehicle is restricted. This green coloured skyscraper can be seen from a distance as it reflects the grandeur of this heavenly house. The compound of the Dargah is quite spacious and consists of a large ground. There's some distance between the main gate and the building of the tomb.
As we proceed towards the tomb, one could feel the pacifying ambiance of this sacred site. The main building also holds a steeple at its roof with a green flag waving 24/7 in the air and a round spire. Inside, the buildings have marble floors with classic designs.
The beautiful glass tracery on roofs and walls add the glitters to the achromatic sides. There's a small room at the centre of the hall, which holds the tomb of Naahar Shah Wali. Just above the tomb, a chandelier droops with attractive glasswork engravings all over it. The tomb is enclosed with walls, which in turn is surrounded by a two-feet tall barriers with a small gate-like opening on side. It is always covered with a green sheet and multicoloured flowers with roses topping on it. On occasions, the dargah is ornamented with lightings and garlands. Just opposite to it, there’s a Dargah of Hazrat Mastaan Baba. It also has an immense significance in the Muslim community. Every year, in the month of February, the festival of Koumi Urse is celebrated here with grand splendour and is enjoyed by the devotees.
If you are in Indore then Dargah Gate Of Naahar Shah Wali, Khajrana Temple of Lord Ganesh & Kaalka Mandir are must visit places. Every place has its own prestige, which includes their historical and mythological tales. But the one thing that unites these places is the celestial aura of tranquility of the one omnipresent God. It soothes the ongoing commotion in one's mind.