Location :Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai is one of the most popular religious places visited by people of all religions alike. It is the most prestigious landmarks which are situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg.
Who build it and when
Haji Ali is a venerated tomb (dargah) of the Muslims. It also makes the most popular landmark of Bombay. In 1431, the mosque was built by Haji Ali - a rich Muslim merchant, who gave up all worldly charms before going to the pilgrimage of Mecca.
Significance of the Temple
The edifice here at the Dargah has been a brilliant specimen of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Built on a small island, the mosque is sited about 500 yards from the shoreline, in the middle of Worli Bay. This island is connected to the Mahalakshmi area by a narrow walkway, which is not even constrained by railings and is prone to sea waters during high-tide. Consequently, you can reach the mosque only during low-tides.
The structure of the Dargah has white domes and minarets reminiscent with the Mughal architecture of the period. The Dargah is a renowned pilgrimage site among the Muslims. Even Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the Dargah.
The white-coloured structure of the Dargah attracts visitors in large numbers. About 10 - 15 thousand people visit the Dargah daily. The number of visitors usually increases to 20 to 30 thousand on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Lakhs of devotees visit the Dargah on the second day of Ramadhan Eid and Bakri Eid during which the pathway leading to the Dargah Complex looks like a Sea of Humanity.
Haji Ali is believed to have been a wealthy merchant who renounced all this riches after his pilgrimage to Mecca. Legends have it that he got drowned and died at a place where today his dargah stands. Another belief is that Haji Ali died during his pilgrimage to Mecca in early nineties and the casket carrying his body floated back, coming to a rest near the rockbed on the sea at Mumbai, where his devotees built the dargah.
|Built on a picturesque locale amidst the Sea, Haji Ali Mosque is a brilliantly white washed structure occupying an area of 4,500 mts with a single minaret rising to 85 feet which adds grandeur to the architecture. Behind an intricately sculptured entrance one can view marble courtyard housing the central shrine. A sea of devotees kiss the richly brocaded red and green chaddar that cover the tomb.||Nearby tourist places to Haji Ali Dargah
How to reach the Temple
- One who is interested to visit the place can reach the mosque only during the low tide since the tenuous strip of connecting causeway is submerged during the high tide and Monsoon.
- Sprawling amidst the surging sea, Haji Ali Mosque is an ideal spot to catch a cool breeze away form the chaos of the city.
- One can visit the place experiencing the cool courtyard and from refreshment stalls you can look forward to cooling your heels.