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Mahim Shrine, Mumbai

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The most remarkable characteristic of Mahim is the holy place of Makhtum Fakih Ali Paru. Of Arab origin, he studied and traveled broadly and was selected law officer of Mahim. Makhtum Fakih Ali Paru is noted for his commentary on the holy Koran. When he died in 1413, a shrine and mosque were built in his memory. The tomb built of stone and mortar lies not far from the sea shore. The main temple, or dargah, stands on a masonry plinth and has two entrances. A large central dome crowns the shrine with four small domes, topping four minarets at each corner. To the north of the shrine is a wooden mosque and near it an antique step well fed by an underground stream.

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