LIVE- Salim Chishti Dargah, Fatehpur Sikri
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The Tomb of Saint Salim Chishti continues to be an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Muslims alike, particularly for would-be mothers. One of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and a noted religious centre for Muslims is the Dargah or Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti in Fatehpur Sikri. Emperor Akbar had this tomb built in the honour of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti between 1571 and 1580. The saint was a successor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, whose mausoleum is located in Ajmer, popularly known as Ajmer Sharif. A popular legend states that Akbar who did not have a successor was blessed with a baby boy by the blessings of Khwaja Salim Chisti. To show his respect, the great emperor named his boy Salim, who became the fourth Mughal ruler and was known by his imperial name Jahangir. The tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti is a white marble structure placed in the middle of a huge sandstone formation. Showcasing excellence in craftsmanship are the jali screens that are intricately carved out of marble. You will be amazed to see the spectacular serpentine brackets that are made to support the broad chajja on four sides. Every year, a number of women pray here for a child and tie a thread on the jali windows. When their wish is fulfilled, they come back to express their gratitude to the saint for granting their wish.
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