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SUFI SHRINES

The 'dargahs' of Bangalore are hidden gems - oases of peace in a bustling city

A 'dargah' is a shrine that is built to shelter the grave or graves of highly revered Sufi Muslim personalities - often saints or dervishes.

The old 'City' area of Bangalore contains a number of these, some of which are described below.

Dargah Shareef of Hazrat Sharf-uddin Shah Qadri Shaheed

Hidden away from the street, this is a gem of a dargah ( the final resting place of a notable Muslim). The tomb of Shah Qadri Shaheed (I don't know his dates) is kept within a beautifully decorated domed chamber. Its walls are decorated with calligraphy and plant motifs. Just before entering this exquisite tomb chamber, be sure to notice the collection of 'dias' (typical Indian ceramic oil lamps used often in Hindu ceremonies).

Please be sure to cover your head and to remove your footwear before entering the inner sanctum of the dargah. It is customary to place flowers at each corner of the tomb.

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Address: OTC Road, behind LIC building
Directions: OTC Road, in City Market , Behind LIC Building , Opposite
to Jammu and Kashmir Bank
Website: http://www.aulia-e-hind.com/dargah/Sharfudeen_Banglore.htm

The Hazrat Hameed Shah Complex, close to Ulsoor (Halusuru) Gate Police Station, blocks some interesting sites from view.

A tunnel extends through a modern building to a courtyard area behind it. This coutyard contains two dargahs (Hazrat Besar Auliya Shaheed dargah and Hazrat Syed Hamid Shah Khadri dargah) and is lined by a metal fence separating the yard from an open field.

This field is the burial ground for soldiers of Tipu sultan who died in the Battle of Bangalore in 1791. Only two tombs are visible. The other graves can no longer be discerned.

Hazrat Besar Auliya Shaheed dargah

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Hidden away behind a modern building this peaceful dargah contains the tomb of Hazrat Besar Auliya Shaheed, who was decapitated by the British during the Battle of Bangalore in 1791 (see: info about battle).

His tomb has no roof. It is open to the elements. The reason for the lack of roof is related to the fact that the poor man was beheaded.

Address: Beside Hazrat Hameed Shah Complex Bangalore
Directions: Near Ulsoor Gate Police Station
Website: http://www.aulia-e-hind.com/dargah/MuheebShahQadri.htm

Hazrat Syed Hamid Shah Khadri dargah

Close to the Hazrat Besar Auliya Shaheed dargah in the same compound, this dargah contains two tombs. One is that of the sufi warrior Hazrat Syed Hamid Shah Khadri, and the other (in a smaller room) is of one of his female relatives.

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Address: Close to Ulsoor Gate Police Station
Directions: Beside Hazrat Hameed Shah Complex Bangalore

Some dargahs just near Avenue Road and KR Market)

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and another:

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And one more:

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Posted by ADAMYAMEY 00:50 Archived in India Tagged bangalore shrine graves islam sufi bengaluru dargah turbe

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