About Ajmer :
Located in the heart of Rajasthan Ajmer is a small town with a very interesting past and in todays world growing facets of growth and development in aspects of Culture, Education, state and privately owned Industrial & infrastructure establishments coalesce towards the fascination for trade tourism and investments in the district.
In a picturesque valley surrounded by the hills of the Aravali range, 132 Kms. west of current state capital – Jaipur lies the historic city of Ajmer- a green oasis, wrapped by barren hills founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in 7th century A.D.. Ajmer got its name from name from ‘Ajay Meru’ or the invincible hill. Here he built India’s first hill fort, Taragarh. It continued to be the power center of the Chauhan clan till the end of the 12th century, Through times of War and peace. Through serenity and sacrifice.
Today hundreds of years later Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as the Muslims. As the final resting place of the great Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. Muslims from all over the world revere the Dargah Sharif, where the saint lies buried and locally equally revered by both the Hindus and the Muslims.
As an aside, Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar about 14 kms. away. The abode of Lord Brahma the Pushkar lake is a sacred spot for the HIndus, where they take a dip especially in the month of Karthik and considered spiritually motivated.
Thus, Ajmer is a perfect place that can be symbolized for demonstration of Indian culture, ethics and display of perfect blend of wide plethora of diverse religion, community, culture, linguistics etc. all coexisting and flourishing in peace and harmony. Besides local Hindus and Muslims several communities like Gujarati, Marathi, Malyali and other south Indian Communities, Sikh, Catholics, Parsi etc. Historically Ajmer being a centrally administrated state.
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Tourist Place :
ADHAI – DIN KA- JHONPRA :
‘Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra’ is a work of outstanding artistry of Indo-Islamic architecture and is located near the Dargah Sharif. It consists of a courtyard protected from all four sides and has a front screen wall of seven sharp arches inside the place. It originally was a Sanskrit College within a temple enclosure which was destroyed by Mohammad Ghori and was converted into a mosque. The name, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra was given to the place in the latter half of the 18th century when fakirs began to assemble here in the times of the Marathas to celebrate the Urs anniversary of the death of the Pir Panjaba Shah, which lasted for two-and-a-half days (Adhai Din). The fakirs used to live in Jhonpras (huts), and hence, the name – Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
This beautiful artificial lake was built in the 12th century and named after Anaji Chauhan. The ‘Baradari’ (or Pavillion) was built by Mughal Emperor, Shahjehan. The huge embankment is a fine example of the corporate life in Ajme at that time.
DARGAH KHWAJA SAHEB :
Dargah Khwaja Saheb was the final resting place of the Saint, Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti. It was built in the 13thCentury and is popularly known as ‘Gareeb Nawaaz’. The Dargah is located in Ajmer city and has the grave of the famous saint. The entrance gate of the Dargah is called Nizaam Gate followed by Shahjahani Gate, which was built by Shah Jahan. Shahjahani Gate is followed by Buland Darwaaza. The Urs flag is hoisted every year on the Buland Darwaaza to mark the beginning of Urs.
The Dargah presently is under the ownership of an international trust. The government has appointed a Dargah committee which takes care of the Dargah and also finances a lot of charitable institutes like guest houses, dispensaries etc. The rituals of the Dargah are taken care by the inherited priests known as Khadims
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