Nizamuddin Dargah

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Nizamuddin Dargah
Nizamuddin Dargah and Jamaat Khana Masjid, Delhi.jpg
Amir Khusro's tomb (left), Nizamuddin Dargah (right) and Jamaat Khana Masjid (background)
DistrictNew Delhi
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusDargah and Mosque
OwnershipGovernment of West Bengal
LocationBoali Gate Rd, Opp The Lodhi, New Delhi
CountryIndia India
Nizamuddin Dargah is located in Delhi
Nizamuddin Dargah
Shown within Delhi
Nizamuddin Dargah is located in India
Nizamuddin Dargah
Nizamuddin Dargah (India)
Geographic coordinates28°35′29″N 77°14′31″E / 28.59136°N 77.24195°E / 28.59136; 77.24195Coordinates: 28°35′29″N 77°14′31″E / 28.59136°N 77.24195°E / 28.59136; 77.24195
Date established1325
Direction of façadeWest

Nizamuddin Dargah is the dargah (mausoleum) of one of the Sufi saints,  Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 - 1325 CE). Situated in the Nizamuddin West area of Delhi, the dargah is visited by thousands of pilgrims every week.[1] The site is also known for its evening qawwali devotional music sessions. The descendants of Nizamuddin Auliya look after the whole management of dargah Sharif.[2][3][4][5]

The neighborhood[edit]

Market in Nizamuddin area
Sabz Burj (aka Blue Gumbad) on the Mathura road traffic circle near Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi

The neighborhood surrounding the dargah is named after the saint, and is divided into two parts along Mathura Road: Nizamuddin West where the Dargah complex and a lively market dominated by Muslim vendors is located, and Nizamuddin East, an upper-Nizamuddin Railway Station.

The other important monuments in the Nizamuddin heritage area include Humayun's Tomb, Chausath Khamba, Mirza Ghalib's tomb, Barakhamba, Sabz Burj (Blue Gumbad) at the Nizamuddin Circle and Lal Mahal.

In popular culture[edit]

Arziyan, a qawwali in the film Delhi 6 (2009) composed by A. R. Rahman is dedicated to Nizamuddin Auliya. Kun Faya Kun a song in the movie Rockstar (2011) composed by A. R. Rahman, is also shot at the dargah, featuring Ranbir Kapoor and Nizami Bandhu, the traditional qawwals of the dargah.[6] The dargah has also been featured in movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan featuring Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and in Aawan Akhiyan Jawan Akhiyan a qawwali in the film Ahista Ahista (2006) featuring Soha Ali Khan and Abhay Deol.

Qawwali session at Nizamuddin

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, history and structures Archived 2008-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "'Rockstar' music launch at Nizamuddin Dargah". Zee News. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Rahman with dargah in-charge Syed Afsar Ali Nizami". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ Dasgupta, Piyali (7 January 2014). "799th birthday celebrations of Hazrat Nimazuddin Auliya, held recently at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Ali Zafar visits Nizamuddin Dargah - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Ali Zafar visits Nizamuddin Dargah". The Times of India. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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