Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular mausoleums in India. It is the mausoleum of Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Haji Ali is located on a small islet in the Arabian Sea. Built in 1431, the dargah or mausoleum is one of the most popular landmarks of Mumbai located in Worli. Over 30,000 people, cutting across religious faiths, visit the shrine every week. According to legends, the Sufi saint came to India to spread Islam. Before his death, he asked his followers to cast his body in a coffin into the sea and to bury it at the place where the coffin is found. The dargah is built on the small islet, where the coffin had rested. Built in Islamic style of architecture, the white domes and minarets are fine examples of Mughal style of architecture.
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The entrance gate and minarets are made of pure white marble. The tomb is located in the main hall of the complex; it is surrounded by white marble enclosure. Above the tomb is the big dome of the shrine. The interior of the dome is adorned with mirror work. One can also see verses from the Holy Quran. Apart from the tomb, the other attractions in the complex are the Qawwal Khana where Qawwali recitals are held every week on Friday. There is the mosque within the complex which consist a minaret made of white marble. The complex also has facilities for pilgrims to stay. The annual Urs is held on the death anniversary of the saint. On the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the holy relics of Prophet Mohamed are displayed to the public.
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