Hazrat Shah Sabir Piya Kaliyari – Kaliyar Sharif

July 26th, 2012|Author : admin

Hazrat Shah Sabir Piya – Kaliyar Sharif (RoorKee-North Delhi)

Hazrat Sabir Piya
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Hazrat Sheikh Alauddin Ali Ahmed As-Sabir was an Islamic Sufi.He was a Sufi of Great Stature and is revered by both Hindus and Muslims. The place where he is taking rest is Kaliyar,in Roorkee town of Uttarakhand India.The famous Dargah Kaliyar Sharif is now in existence for about 800 years. The arrival of Khwaja Makhdoom Alauddin Ahmed Sabir Pak popularly known as “Baba Sabir” at Kaliyar.He was in the Chisti Silsila of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmeri,The son of Ghous Pak, Hazrat Saif-ud-din Abdul Wahab, was born on the 17th Shahban 512 Hijri in between the two evening prayers Maghrib and Isha.In eleven years he acquired and completed all the worldly and spiritual knowledge from Ghous Pak and started teaching himself later. His followers are also called Sabri. His Urs is celebrated by millions of people every year in Kaliyar.

The History of Kaliyar sharif Dargah Always inspire more and more peoples to visit Sabir piya.In 1435, another saint, Qutbe-Alam-Shah was born. It is believed that one day when Qutbe-Alam was sweeping the floor of his grandfather’s graveyard, an old man passed by and said: “Please sweep my graveyard also.” This old man was none other than Baba Sabir’s image. Alam realised that it was time for him to go to Kaliyar. But before leaving for Kaliyar, Qutbe-Alam prayed for 40 days. It is said that Baba Sabir’s soul was so impressed with his austere reverence and humility that he withdrew his curse, shunned his wrath and allowed everyone to visit Kaliyar.

The Sultan of Delhi, Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah, hearing the news of Kaliyar’s devastation, was so scared that he pleaded Baba Farid for protection.Baba Farid consoled him but instructed him to stay twelve kos away from Kaliyar.F or 12 years, Baba Sabir stood under the Guler tree which is still there in Kaliyar.People who visit Kaliyar light candles around this tree.

The Guler Tree
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From this day onwards, Kaliyar Sharif became a famous pilgrim spot. Qutbe-Alam built Baba Sabir’s grave and a mosque at Kaliyar and visited it every month. Today Qutbe-Alam’s descendant, Shah Mansoor Aijaz Sabri is the religious head of Kaliyar Sharif.

A 15-day urs celebration is held each year at the shrine,in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal (May–June), and the dargah has become a symbol of national integrationEvery Urs is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in the month of May-June in Kaliyar Sharif. After a glimpse of the moon of Rabi-ul-awwal, the head priest goes to his old house (in Kaliyar village). Inside the room, he reads Khatam Sharif and walks out with a plate on his head. The plate has mehndi and dori in it. Next he goes to the dargah and reads the Fatiha. After this the dori is distributed to everyone. Mushaira and Qawwali take place at the dargah and the mood is festive.

Urs At Kaliyar sharif
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The dargah of Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari is Piran Kaliyar Sharif, seven kilometres from Roorkee, in Haridwar district, besides the Ganges canal, and Roorkee is approximately 160 km north of Delhi,and is approachable by a metalled road. By Rail Shatabdi Express is the best option, from Delhi to Dehradun via Saharanpur. or By Road Delhi via Meerut and Muzzafarnagar to Roorkee.

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ST. PAUL’S CHURCH

July 26th, 2012|Author : admin

St. Paul’s Church (Diu)
St. Paul's Church
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The St. Paul’s Church, It is located within the Diu Fort, which came under the control of the Portuguese colonists in early 16th century.Diu is located on the western coast away from the Gulf of Cambay. Graced with limestone cliffs, stony coves and sandy beaches,Set off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat adjoining Junagadh district,Diu is an out and out fun place to be at. It has different types of the tourist attractions too of which holy places in Diu shine brighter and pull major tourist attention. it is an ideal gateway to bask in glistening sand beaches, thick palm-groves and historical monuments.Untouched of the commercial intervention and environmental deterioration.

Diu is a Portuguese colony like Goa. The most famous of the religious places is St Paul’s Church in Diu. The St Paul’s Church in Diu is around 400 year old church. It was constructed in the year 1691. It is dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception.The St. Paul’s Church, named after St. Paul, the Apostle of Jesus also known as the Apostle to the Gentiles, is most renowned, surviving and functioning church, among the three churches built by the Portuguese in Diu. It is considered one of the best examples of baroque architecture (artistic style) in India.It is inferred that the Indian silversmiths known for their exquisite workmanship have influenced the decor in the facade. This has been attributed to a fact that the Jesuits in India could not find native artists who could recreate the original Jesuit architectural designs.

St. Paul's Interior
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Diu St Paul’s Church is said to be the only active church in the region till date. It boasts of intricate volutes and shell that form an impressive motif. Its richly done wood carving which has earned a special recognition among the most elaborate Portuguese churches is the real feast for eyes.Everything about this church is very magnificent the motifs formed of volutes and shell and Gothic features.On a close look at this church you will find that it has resemblance with Bom Jesus Church at Goa on the virtue of architectural patterns. It exhibits strong similarity but with better workmanship and design than the Bom Jesus Basilica at Goa built in 1605 AD, which was also built by the Portuguese during their colonial rule of the territory.

It is the largest and the only functioning church in Diu catering to the small Christian community of about 450 Christians who remain after the Diu territory merged with the Indian Union when it was freed from Portuguese colonial rule on December 11, 1961.

In St. Paul’s Church it is said that music began to be used in churches in India even though it was not an accepted practice among the Jesuits who came to India.

There are no railway lines within Diu but It is well connected by roads with rest of the country.The church is easily accessible from the main land from the Portuguese village of Ghoghla in the east or from Veraval or Somnath in the west.Also The road distances to other places in Gujarat are 150 kilometres (93 mi) to Sasangir and 220 kilometres (140 mi) to Bhavnagar.

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Shani Dev -Shingnapur

June 10th, 2011|Author : admin

Another important Shrine for Lord Shani is in Maharashtra, India. Shingnapur is located half-way between Shirdi and Aurangabad. The deity here is “Swayambhu” that is self emerged from earth in form of Black but imposing stone. Though no one knows exact period, it is believed that Swayumbhu shaneeswara was found from time immemorial by shepherds of then local hamlet. It is believed be in existence at least since Kaliyugam.

The story of swayambhu (=Sanskrit self-evolved deity) handed down from generations through word of mouth, goes something like this : When the Shepherd touched stone with a pointed rod the stone began bleeding. The shepherds were astounded soon whole village hamlet gathered around to watch the miracle. On that night Lord Shaneeswara appeared in the dream of most devoted and pious of the shepherds.

He told the shepherd that he is “Shaneeswara”. He also told that the Unique looking Black Stone is His swayambhu form. The shepherd prayed and asked Lord whether he should construct a temple for him. To this, Lord Shani Mahatma said there is no need for a roof as the whole sky is his roof and he preferred to be under open sky. He asked the shephered to do daily pooja and ‘tailabhishekam’ every Saturday without fail. He also promised the whole hamlet will have no fear of dacoits or burglars or thieves.

So, Lord Shaneeswara can be seen even today, in the open yard without any roof above. To this day, there are no doors for any house, shop, temple. It is to be seen to believe that even post office has no door, not to speak of locks. Due to fear of Lord Shani, none of the structures, be it dwelling houses, huts, shops etc. situated within one kilometer radius of this Lord Shani temple, have neither doors and locks. No thievery or burglary ever occurred here in this hamlet called Shani Shingnapur. Some who have tried to steal have died vomiting blood within minutes of their act and before they could cross the boundary. Many others are said have received varied punishments such as long sickness, mental imbalance etc.

This Shani Shingnapur is visited daily by thousands of devotees praying for Lord Shaneswara’s favour. The place is busiest on Saturdays. Shani Trayodasi is considered to be a favorite day for the lord. Similarly Saturday falling on ‘Amavasya’(new moon day in Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam) is considered to be a favorites day for the Lord Shaneeswara. Thousands of devotees seeking his blessings throng this temple in thousands.

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