Piran Kalar Sharif

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Piran Kaliyar is the dargah of 13th-century Sufi saint of Chishti Order, Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kalyari also known as Sarkar Sabir Pak and Sabir Kaliyari, situated at Kaliyar village, near Haridwar on the banks of Ganga Canal, 7 km. from Roorkee, It is one of the most revered shrine for Muslims in India and is equally revered by Hindus and Muslims. The dargah shrine built by Ibrahim Lodhi, an Afghan ruler of Delhi, He was the Sufi Saint of Chishti Order in the 13th century, a successor to Baba Farid (1188–1280), and the first in the Siberian branch of Chishti Order.

Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, the revered saint, was born in Kohtwaal, a town in the district of Multan. His mother was Jamila Khatun, who was also the elder sister of Baba Fareed. After his father’s death, Syed Abul Rahim, his mother brought him to Pakpattan in the custody of Baba Fareed. Alauddin was made the in-charge of langar (common kitchen/canteen) by Baba Fareed. After an extended period, Jamila Khatun came to see his son, Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari and found him weak and lean. Jamila Khatun, in her full anger, went to Baba Fareed to seek explanation and then he said that the day since he (Alauddin) is made him the in-charge of the kitchen, there is no shortage of food. When asked Alauddin about this he said, ” True, I was made in charge of the kitchen, but I was never told I can eat from it.” When asked about his survival, he said that he went to the jungle in free time and ate whatever he found. After this incident, he was given the title of Sabir. Further, he was asked to visit Kaliyar Sharif in 1253 AD, where he stayed until his death in 13th Rabi al-awwal 690 Hijri (1291).

Over the centuries, a small town developed around the shrine and came to be known as Piran Kaliyar. In later history, India’s first steam engine, Mary Lind, (specially shipped from England moved on rails in India) ran in Roorkee on 22 December 1851, between Roorkee and Piran Kaliyar, two years before the first passenger train ran from Bombay to Thane in 1853. Operated by the Bengal Sappers, the railway line was built to carry soil used for the construction of the Upper Ganges Canal aqueduct from Piran Kaliyar, 10 km (6.2 miles) from the city.

Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari was born in Kohtwaal, a town in the district of Multan in 19 Rabi al-awwal, 592 Hijri (1196). He was the son of Jamila Khatun, who was the elder sister of Baba Fareed. After the death of his father, Syed Abul Rahim, his mother, brought him to Pakpattan in 1204 to Baba Fareed. Baba Fareed’s sister gave custody of Alauddin to him and asked him to take care of the boy, who later made him his disciple. Baba Fareed made him in charge of the langar. After a very long time Alauddin’s mother came to see him and found him very weak. She was angry at her brother and demanded an explanation. Baba Fareed explained that he was made in charge of the kitchen and hence had no shortage of food. When Alauddin was asked he replied, “True, I was made in charge of the kitchen, but I was never told I can eat from it”. When asked how he managed to remain alive, he revealed he went to the jungle in free time and ate whatever he found. He was then given the title Sabir.

Khawaja Hazrat Syed Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kaliyari took birth in Afghanistan, there is a town named Herat in Afghanistan, in the Holy Month of Shaban on 17th 512 Hijri (1196). Father of Alauddin Ali Ahmed was Syed Abdul Rahim, the father of Khawaja Sabir Sahab was a descendent of Hazrat Gaus E Azam. & Jamila Khatun, the elder sister of Baba Fareed was the mother of Khawaja Alauddin Ali Ahmed (Sabir Pak Kaliyri).

How to Reach
By Roadways: Roorkee is approachable from the different parts of North India. From the Roorkee bus stand, rickshaw, buses and taxis are easily available to reach the dargah.
By Railways: Roorkee Railway Station, 10 km from dargah, is the closest railway station. From the station, car and taxis are easily available to reach the dargah.
By Airways: Jolly Grant Airport, 61 km from the dargah, is the nearest airport.

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