Sufism is a belief under Islam but Islam strictly said not to worship anyone other than Allah. I don’t know much than that as I’m not a Muslim but I respect all the religions and spiritual masters. I pay my respect as Indian always pay their respect to elders.
I start to know about Sufism and Sufi master by addicted to AR Rahman’s Khawaja song.
I impressed with their lifestyle, teaching, the unconditional love they show other human beings and their belief that God is their Lover. The special thing about Sufi tombs are people believing they living there immortal in their spiritual body and always remain in this world to help lost souls.
The first tomb of Sufi I visited is Shirdi Sai Baba, some claims he is Hindu and some claims he is a disciple of certain yogic tradition. I believed he is Muslim Sufi. Some miracles made me believe him.
It’s I’m Shirdi Village, about 3 hours drive from Mumbai town and about 1.5 hours, I guess from Pune. Decent hotels in walking distant nearby Shirdi temple. Shirdi Sai Baba believers are majority Hindu so that’s why they build a temple around his tomb and performing Hindu ritual every day. Maybe that’s his wish.
You have to wait for hours to reach the main hall and will get the only glimpse of view of his statue. That big crowd flooded every day. You can sit in front of the statue and watch the morning prayer ceremony but get that chance you might need to wait at least more than 3 hours. If you are foreigner you can write to the administrator of the temple and will get a pass to avoid many hassles.
2. Khwaja – Moinuddin Chishti
It is in Ajmir, Rajasthan. I went to Jaipur with my Ex in 2013. I had a strange dream on that night feel very disturbed and decided to visit Dargah (Tomb), Garib Nawaz. Inquired at the hotel and hire a car with driver for 3000 India rupees, I guess. It takes about 3 hours to reach there. I forgot the cost and the duration. It’s about 130 KM from Jaipur.
It is in Dehli and I got to know about this place through again AR Rahman’s Rockstar Song, Kun Faya Kun. Girls are not allowed in the main area where the tomb is. I don’t know the reason.
4. Haji Ali Dargah.
In Mumbai, surrounded by sea and it won’t visible during the heavy tide. Surprisingly it well maintains till today as the tide always enter inside the tomb and during those time the entrance road closed.
Located near the beach in Kovalam, about 30 KM from Chennai. We went by Auto. Auto is common three wheels public vehicle in most sort of India.
These 5 dargahs are special as I feel some kind of blessed feeling around here.