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Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

Haji Ali Dargah Overview

Address: Haji Ali, Worli


City: Mumbai

State: Maharashtra

Location: West India

Year of Construction: 1431
Constructed By: Haji Usman Rangikar
Type of Construction: Ancient
Type of Building: Mosque
Religion: Islam
Importance:this mosque was built in the middle of the sea with only a narrow path leading to it giving it an ethereal look.
Best Time: Friday or on Thursday evenings
Entry Formalities: The mosque can be reached only during low tide.
Accomodation: The premier hotels in the south of the city, are Taj Mahal Hotel,Hotel Airport International,Holiday Inn
Accesibility: road to Pune 163 km,Indian Airlines Vayudoot & many other private airlines touch Bombay

Nearby Cities: Aurangabad,Pune
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai. Lying as it does in the heart of the city the dargah is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai.

About Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai Maharashtra : This mosque houses the tomb of Hazarath Haji Ali a Muslim Sufi saint. There are a number of stories related to the life of Hazarath Haji Ali and about how this tomb came to be built. One version claims that Haji Ali was a rich local merchant who gave up his worldly possessions after a visit to Mecca and took to meditating. Another story is that Haji Ali was an Afghan mystic who lived and meditated on the island on which the shrine now stands. It is said that he left instructions that after death his body should be put in a casket and should be cast off into the sea off the shore of what is today Pakistan. Legend has it that the casket with his body in it emerged in perfect condition in the place where the tomb is today. According to another story Haji Ali was on a pilgrimage to Mecca and he died on the way. His body was put into a casket and disposed off at sea. It is said that this casket floated back to Mumbai though some believe that Haji Ali drowned at the spot where the dargah is today.
Attractions of the Haji Ali Dargah : The mosque can be reached only during low tide. The whitewashed mosque also has a cool courtyard generally full of people and refreshment stalls. The rocks exposed during low tide at the rare end of the mosque are a favourable spot to catch some cool sea breeze. There's nothing somber about the building's cool courtyard which is generally full of chattering families and refreshment stalls.
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