Location (country): India
Location (city): Jaipur, Rajasthan
Location (neighbourhood): Char Darwaza 302002
Location (GPS coordinates): (c.f. https://www.gps-coordinates.net/)
Latitude: 26.927362 | Longitude: 75.838432
Type of religious site: (i.e. dargah, shrine, stupa etc.) Dargah
Religious communities attending: Hindu, Sikh, Muslim
Number of communities attending: 3
Language(s) used for ceremonies and prayers: Hindi, Urdu, local dialects
Approximate size of the site: (in m2)
Year of construction: Mosque built in 1798; Mausoleum built in 1929
Pilgrimage location: NO
Names and dates of the main festivals celebrated in situ: Urs (August –September)
Website page of the site:
Name and title of the in-charge of the site
Hazrat Syed Zainul-abideen (Mehmood Mian Sahib) is the Sajjadanashin and Mutawalli of the Dargah Sharif
Overview of the site
Located in the predominantly Muslim locality of Char Darwaza, Subhash Chowk, Jaipur, the Dargah Hazrat Maulana Ziauddin Sahab Rehmat Fakhri Nizami Chisti is one of the most reputed dargahs of the Nizami chistiya sufi order in Jaipur. Among the dargah visitors, it’s largely Muslims from various sects and beliefs, but a smattering of Hindu and Sikh presence is observed. Most worshippers of the shrine, come here after incidents of spirit possession, black magic, loss and misfortune etc., the cure for which not only lies in the blessings of Maulana Ziauddin Sahib, but also in the hands of a small shrine of Rehmat Ali Baba within the complex. Is Rehmat Ali Baba then the crowd-puller? Through an observation of the faith, beliefs and practices of visitors at the site, I would like to examine how interactions, connections and ‘shared’ sacredness among the two shrines of Hazrat Maulana Ziauddin and Rehmat Ali Baba are built.
Economy of the site
The ownership is disputed as Maulana Ziauddin did not have a direct descendant. There is a court case between the present Sajjadanashin family. Hazrat Syed Zainul-abideen (Mehmood Mian Sahib) is the Sajjadanashin and Mutawalli of the Dargah Sharif.
Conflicts revolving around the site
- The ownership of the site.
- It seems there are also rivalries with other Chistiya dargahs in the city, especially with Hazrat Miskeen Shah; often manifested in conversations of which saint came into Jaipur first. (This authenticity claim/one-upmanship could be related to lineage issues?)
Bibliography pertaining to the site
Bentley, M., Peerenboom, C. A., Hodge, F. W., Passano, E. B., Warren, H. C., & Washburn, M. F. (1929). Instructions in regard to preparation of manuscript. Psychological Bulletin, 26, 57–63. doi:10.1037/h0071487
Rappaport, J. (1977). Community psychology: Values, research and action. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.