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10 Magnificent Muslim Shrines In India

As per the statistics found in the Census report compiled in 2011, about 14.2% of the population in India are followers of Islam. Now, these numbers provided by the central government clearly suggest that Muslims form a significant part of the secular Indian cultural fabric. And so, it is obvious that in India there exist a number of Islamic pilgrimage sites. However, there are only a few of these sites that are worth visiting. So, here is presenting a list of 10 such magnificent Muslim Shrines in the country that are visit worthy.


Hazratbal Shrine Srinagar

The Hazratbal Mosque located in Jammu and Kashmir

a. Hazratbal Shrine- Jammu and Kashmir: 

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Hazratbal Shrine Map

Situated alongside the beautiful Dal Lake in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is an important Muslim shrine known as Hazratbal. Furthermore, this religious significant mosque is said to be “home” to the strand of hair of Prophet Muhammad, and hence is visited by large number of Muslims from the state as well as from around the country. In addition, this shrine built during the 17th century using white marble, is one of the most popular tourists spots in Jammu and Kashmir and attracts a large number of tourists. And so, it is the beauty of its architecture as well as the religious significance attached to it that makes Hazratbal one among a few Muslim Shrines in India worth visiting.

b. Jama Masjid- New Delhi: 

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Jama Masjid Map

Constructed in 1650 by Emperor Shah Jahan is the renowned Muslim shrine located in New Delhi known as Jama Masjid. Apparently, this mosque was built using about 5000 workers over a period of six long years. Furthermore, this Islamic shrine designed by Ustad Khalil is known for its “architectural magnificence” that comprises of exquisite carvings on the wall and a variety of splendid domes. As per a ritual, it was mandatory for the Emperor and his courtiers to visit this mosque every Friday to attend the “Jumme Ki Namaz”. It is therefore the excellence of the architecture as well as its historical significance that makes Jama Masjid one among a few Muslim Shrines in India that deserves to be visited.

c. Haji Ali- Maharashtra: 

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Haji Ali Map

It is in memory of a saint named Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari that a Muslim shrine known as Haji Ali was constructed in the state of Maharashtra. Situated in the city of Mumbai, this mosque is extremely popular and is visited by thousands of pilgrims belonging to all faiths. Statistically speaking, about 40,000 devotees visit this shrine to offer prayers and the traditional Chhadar. Furthermore, the death anniversary of the saint (Sayyed Peer) known as “URS” is celebrated at this shrine during which special prayers are offered. In addition, this shrine attracts people belonging to all faiths. It is therefore the religious significance and the “Indo-Islamic” architecture that makes Haji Ali one among a few Muslim Shrines in India that must be visited.

d. Ajmer Sharif- Rajasthan: 

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Ajmer Sharif Map

Dedicated to “Garib Nawaz Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti” is an extremely popular Muslim shrine located in Rajasthan known as Ajmer Sharif. Situated in the city of Ajmer, this Muslim shrine is considered to be one of the most popular in the country. According to a legend, no prayer offered in this mosque is ever left unanswered, and hence is a pilgrimage site that a large number of Muslim devotees visit annually. Furthermore, the unique feature of this shrine being that people belonging to all faiths are welcomed with open arms. It is also considered to be the oldest and biggest mosque in the whole of South Asia. And so, it is a combination of religious significance and great Islamic architecture that makes Ajmer Sharif one among a select few Muslim Shrines in India that deserves to be visited.

e. Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah- Uttar Pradesh: 

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Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah Map

Constructed by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar is a Muslim shrine situated in Uttar Pradesh known as Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah. Located in a town called Fatehpur Sikhri, this mosque was built as a tribute to a Sufi saint known as Sheikh Salim Chisti. Apparently, it was simply due to the fact that Chisti predicted rightly that Akbar would be blessed with three sons that this mosque was specially constructed. In fact, Jahangir (Akbar’s son) was named “Salim” after the saint. Furthermore, this shrine is considered to be a classic example of magnificent Mughal architecture. It is therefore a mixture of structural beauty and historical significance that makes the Sheikh Salim Chisti Dargah one of the few must visit Muslim Shrines in India.

f. Charminar- Telangana: 

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Charminar Map

“Four caliphs of Islam” is what the majestic mosque in the state of Telangana known as Charminar essentially represents. Situated in the city of Hyderabad, this mosque was constructed in the year 1591 by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. According to a legend, this shrine was constructed because the Sultan’s desire to suppress an epidemic of plague was eventually fulfilled. Constructed using granite, mortar, and limestone, this mosque is renowned for its beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture, and hence is one among a few Muslim Shrines in India worth visiting.

g. Dargah Qutub Sahib- New Delhi:   

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Dargah Qutub Sahib

Located in a village called Mehrauli is yet another magnificent Muslim shrine known as Dargah Qutub Sahib. Situated in New Delhi, this mosque is basically dedicated to Qutubudddin who was the disciple and supposedly the spiritual successor of Khwaja Moinudin Chisti of Ajmer. Additionally, a number rulers such as Bahadur Shah I, Shah Alam II and Akbar II have been buried in various enclosures found around the premise of this Muslim shrine. Apparently, a myth also states that those who believe in the power of the saint (Qutubuddin) ties a thread to his grave located in the complex of this mosque. It is therefore its “spiritual” significance that makes it one among a few Muslim Shrines in India worth a visit.

h. Nizamuddin Dargah- New Delhi:

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Nizamuddin Dargah Map

“Nizam-ud-din Auliya” is the name of the Sufi saint after whom a Muslim shrine known as Nizamuddin Dargah has been constructed. Located in crowded market area in New Delhi, this beautiful mosque has been built using marble. Apart from the tomb of Nizamuddin this Islamic shrine also comprises the mausoleums of Jahanara (daughter of Shah Jahan) as well as popular Urdu poet Amir Khusru. In addition, this shrine is also known to provide for some Sufi and qawwali singing (an Islamic form of singing) especially at sunset. So, it is due to the spirituality in the form of singing that can be experienced in Nizamuddin which makes one among a few Muslim Shrines in India worth visiting.

i. Cheraman Juma Mosque- Kerala: 

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Cheraman Juma Masjid Map

Considered to be “one of the oldest Muslim shrines in India” is the Cheraman Juma Mosque situated in the state of Kerala. Located in a city called Thrissur, this beautiful mosque was first built in the year 629 AD, and it was much later during the 11th century that it was renovated. Furthermore, this mosque is supposed to be surrounded by “tranquility”. In addition, the land on which this mosque was built was gifted by the Chera dynasty, who apparently converted to Islam. This mosque has been built using a unique mix of the Dutch-Kerala and the Hindu architectural style. And so, it is a mixture of an ideal spiritual atmosphere and unique architectural style which makes the Cheraman Juma Mosque one among a few Muslim Shrines in India a visit worthy pilgrimage site.

j. Shah-E-Alam- Gujarat: 

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Shah-E-Alam Map

“Rasulabad Dargah” is how a mosque located in Gujarat known as Shah-E-Alam is also referred to as. Situated in the city of Ahmedabad, this Muslim shrine is dedicated to Shah-E-Alam, a renowned Muslim religion teacher. Furthermore, this mosque comprises of the tomb of Shah-E-Alam. It is therefore because of its historical significance that this is one among a few  Muslim Shrines in India that must be visited.


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