Haji Ali Dargah - Tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.)

 

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Pathway to the Dargah Sharief

 

As the Dargah Sharief was built amidst the Sea a narrow  pathway leading to Dargah from Lala Lajpat Rai Marg up to the Main Gate of Haji Ali Dargah Complex was constructed in 1944, by the trust fund.

 

The pathway connects the shore to the Haji Ali Dargah complex. The 700-yard pathway that leads to Haji Ali Dargah is not surrounded by railings. Since it is lashed by the waves of the Arabian Sea, one can visit the Dargah only when the tide is low. As the height of the pathway was raised by a few feet during the 1980's, the Dargah has become accessible throughout the year except in the monsoons during the months of July and August when the Seas are very rough. During this time the Gates on either side of the pathway are closed for a few hours until the waves subside for the safety of devotees and visitors.

 

The extreme right edge of the pathway is lined with needy people and fakirs waiting for a pious soul to put something in the bowl.

 

History of the Pathway

The present Chairman and Managing Trustee, Mr. A. S. Merchant informs that earlier there was no pathway in the sea and people collected stones and made a temporary path during low tide. During high tide however the path was destroyed. In 1944, his father Late Mr. Mohammed Haji Abubaker, the then Managing Trustee had decided to build a permanent pathway but he was hesitant as he was not sure if the pathway would withstand the fury of the mighty oceans during the monsoon season.

One day an old man came to meet late Mr. M. H. Abubaker and informed him that Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) had appeared to him in his dream and asked him as to why he had stopped visiting the Dargah Sharief. The old man replied that as there was no proper pathway, due to his old age it was difficult for him to visit the Dargah Sharief. The Saint informed him that a concrete pathway had now been built from the Main Road upto the Dargah Complex and that he would now have no trouble visiting his Tomb. Mr. Abubaker then told him that he had not started the work of the pathway yet but has been contemplating about building a concrete pathway with rubble stone masonry for the convenience of the devotees and visitors. This was a hint to him from Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and it became evident to him that he should not wait any longer and commence work on the same immediately. To safeguard the pathway from the waves and from any other damage was a matter to be left to Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.).

 

 

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