|• Body||Gram panchayat|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
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|ISO 3166 code||IN-WB|
Khustigiri is famous for the Khustigiri Dargah Sharif which is believed to be a place of learning, getting peace of mind, and becoming free from diseases and mental distress. This sacred place has been established by the great Sufi saint Hazrat Syed Shah Abdullah Kermani in the district of Birbhum of West Bengal about 500 years ago for giving service to the mankind by the order of his spiritual master Hazrat Makhdoom Shah Arzani. The beautiful environment draws the minds of all irrespective of race, caste, creed and religion. The Sufi saint Hazrat Abdullah Kermani (in short Kermani Baba) has established Khankah, Jama Masjid, Madrasah, Langor Khana, Atithi Shala, Nahabat Khana, Library, Charitable dispensary etc. for the service to the mankind. In addition to these, the attractions of this place are the big and beautiful tomb of Saint Kermani, Double Domes, Sacred Gangagore, Khas Mahal, Tombs of 14 Kazis, Hazrat Museum, historical tamarind tree, big Dias, new minar, beautiful garden and the mazars of the descendants of Hazrat Kermani. Several functions and ceremonies are held throughout the year. Many centres under this dargah are being opened in various parts of West Bengal.
It is said that a Muslim saint Saiyad Shah Abdullah Kirmani when young left Kirman in Iran his native country and visited a Muslim saint Shah Arzani, who died at Patna during the reign of Shah Jahan in 1630 AD. Shah Arzani directed him to go to Bengal and gave him a toothpick of chambeli wood. He told him to stay at the place where the toothpick became fresh and green. He arrived in Birbum and stayed at Bargaon, where he performed several miracles (karamat) but the toothpick remained unchanged. He then moved on to Khustigiri. There one morning he found the toothpick to have become fresh and green. He planted it and it soon became a large tree. Shah Abdullah is specially renowned for his power over serpents. His dargah is in the hands of his descendants and is visited by numerous pilgrims.
Medini mela is organised around the time of Muharram and Shab e Baraat near the mazar of Shah Abdullah Kermani at Khustigiri. Above all urs is observed every year from 11th Falgun to 15th Falgun (24 to 28 February) every year where millions of people turn up.
- O’Malley, L.S.S., ICS, Birbhum, Bengal District Gazetteers, p. 132, first published 1910, 1996 reprint, Government of West Bengal
- Mukhopadhyay, Aditya, Birbhumer Mela, Paschim Banga, Birbhum Special Issue, pp. 203–214, (in Bengali), February 2006, Information and Culture Deptt., Government of West Bengal