Dargah Qadam Sharif

The Dargah Qadam Sharif in Paharganj, Delhi consists of a small tomb complex, built in 1375-1376 CE, which also houses a mosque, a madrasa and a shrine ("dargah"), which is surrounded by a massive gated wall. [1][2]
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The myth attached to Qadam Sharif is that the great traveller and sufi Makhdoom Jahanian Jahan Gasht had brought the “qadam sharif”- the rock with the Prophet’s footprint to Delhi after an encounter with Prophet’s voice at Mecca. The Tughlaq king wanted the rock to be laid for his own grave but, Fateh Khan his beloved son died before him and it was used for his grave.

The myth attached to Qadam Sharif is that the great traveller and sufi Makhdoom Jahanian Jahan Gasht had brought the “qadam sharif”- the rock with the Prophet’s footprint to Delhi after an encounter with Prophet’s voice at Mecca. The Tughlaq king wanted the rock to be laid for his own grave but, Fateh Khan his beloved son died before him and it was used for his grave.

The entrance of the dargah . It is kept locked to keep out animals and children who may cause harm. Opened on request

The entrance of the dargah . It is kept locked to keep out animals and children who may cause harm. Opened on request

Difficult to say where the tree ends and bakri starts!

Difficult to say where the tree ends and bakri starts!

Children playing outside amongst the graves

Children playing outside amongst the graves

Zafar Miyan the khadim of the Dargah, dejected at the state of the dargah post 1947

Zafar Miyan the khadim of the Dargah, dejected at the state of the dargah post 1947

The Majlis khana a later addition to the dargah complex

The Majlis khana a later addition to the dargah complex

The entrance to shrine complex from inside

The entrance to shrine complex from inside

The courtyards with very Tughlaq style domes, containing graves run on both sides of the dargah

The courtyards with very Tughlaq style domes, containing graves run on both sides of the dargah

Encroachment post 1947 , as the khadim told me can be clearly seen in this picture

Encroachment post 1947 , as the khadim told me can be clearly seen in this picture

The Qadam Sharif complex also has the grave of Nawab Shamsuddin Khan- the Nawab of Ferozepur Jhirka and Loharu- who was hanged for the murder of William Fraser. Father of Daagh Dehelvi, famous Urdu poet

The Qadam Sharif complex also has the grave of Nawab Shamsuddin Khan- the Nawab of Ferozepur Jhirka and Loharu- who was hanged for the murder of William Fraser. Father of Daagh Dehelvi, famous Urdu poet

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