Chirag-e-Delhi Dargah also spelled as ‘Chiragh-i-Dihli Dargah’ and ‘Chirag-i-Delhi Dargah’ is located within the Village of Chirag Delhi and is approachable from Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (Road) from where one needs to travel through the outer Ring Road or the main Chirag Road crossing through Soami Nagar South Colony. The best landmark is the road that stretches straight from Moti Bagh right through to Nehru Place via IIT Flyover but there is no need to travel up till Nehru Place as Soami Nagar Colony comes way before Nehru Place and after IIT Flyover in South Delhi. Just ensure to look at the huge blue coloured direction boards embedded beside and atop the roads for assistance. You can either drive to this Dargah or travel by hired auto rickshaws or taxis.
The Dargah of Chiragh-i-Delhi is the mausoleum or burial tomb of a renowned Sufi Saint named Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud Chiragh Dehlavi who was born around 1274 in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, he was known only by the name of ‘Nasiruddin’ and born to Sayed Yahya who was a small Trader of Pashmina wear and textile. Nasiruddin’s grandfather named Sayed Abdul Latif had migrated from Khorasan which was in the North-eastern part of Iran to Lahore in Pakistan (today) who then settled in Ayodhya. Sayed Yahya died when Nasiruddin was only 9 years old and hence was brought up single-handed by his mother alone. He was initially educated by Maulana Abdul Karim Sherwani and later continued under the guidance of Maulana Iftikhar-ud-din Gilani.
Hazrat Nasiruddin r.a. came to Delhi at the age of 43 years and joined the circle of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s r.a. Murids [disciples]. One day while Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya r.a.was descending from his hujra [room] at the top of his Khanqah, he noticed that Sheikh Nasiruddin Mahmood Chiragh r.a. was standing in a despondent mood under the shade of a nearby tree. He sent for him through his attendant and took him in privacy to have a talk about his condition. After a brief self-introduction, Hazrat Nasiruddin r.a. said: “Sir, I have come here to help the dervishes in putting on their shoes.” This one sentence was enough to confirm his humble character and keenness for a spiritual career and also to win the affection of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya r.a. who related his own story of devotion to his Pir-o-Murshid in the beginning of his career. He then became Murid at the hands of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya r.a. and devoted himself wholeheartedly to the service of his Pir-o-Murshid [shaikh].
After his death, his tomb was built by Firuz Shah Tughluq (r. 1351 – 1388), the Sultan of Delhi in 1358, and later two gateways were added on either side of mausoleum. One of noted addition was a mosque built by a later Mughal emperor, Farrukhsiyar, in early 18th century, and popular among both Muslims and Non-Muslims. A humble tomb of the founder of Lodhi dynasty, Bahlul Khan Lodhi (r.1451-89) lies close to the shrine in the present day locality of ‘Chirag Delhi’ that grew around the tomb, and is still goes by his name, it is very close to the locality of Greater Kailash, in South Delhi. Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehalvi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), unlike his spiritual master Nizamuddin Auliya (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ), did not listen to sama, which was considered as unislamic by a section of the Muslim intelligentsia in that period. He did not however pass any specific judgement against it. This is the reason why even today, qawwali is not performed near his shrine in Delhi. Hazrat Nasiruddin’s (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ) descendants are to be found far and wide as a lot of them moved down South to Hyderabad. The Dargah of Badi Bua or Badi Bibi, who said be the elder sister of Hazrat Nasir Uddin Mahmud Chiragh Dehlavi (رحمتہ اللہ علیہ),
The Dargah of this renowned Sufi Saint Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud Chiragh Dehlavi was initially enclosed with a rectangular shaped wall made of rubble stone. Later, Muhammad Bin Tughlaq (successor of Feroz Shah Tughlaq) constructed the Chamber and added two gateways on either side of the Mausoleum. This Tomb underwent numerous renovations through the centuries and is seen today enclosed with a square shaped Chamber supported by Twelve Pillars and small dome shaped Towers at each corner which in turn is supporting a larger plastered dome that sits on an octagonal shaped drum. The Chamber is enclosed with perforated screens through which the Shrine or Chiragh-i-Delhi Dargah of Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmud can be viewed.
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