Haji Ali Dargah. Our destination next after Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghaat.
Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and a tomb to Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a rich merchant who gave up his worldly possession before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Haji Ali Dargah was located on the islet off the coast of Worli in the Southern Mumbai.
He feared he had hurt the earth after jabbing his finger into the soil, and then he asked his followers to cast the coffin carrying his body in the Arabean sea. After he died, the followers did as instructed. Surviving the gale of wind and ferocious waves, the casket got stuck in the rocky islets of Worli. It was only then the Dargah was constructed.
The Dargah stands relevant to the Indian national today as at least 40,000 pilgrims irrespective of faith and religion, visit the dargah to get the blessing of the legendary saint.
To reach the dargah, one needs to walk for approximately one kilometre along the causeway as the dargah sits in the water of Arabian Sea. Fret not, if the heat dries up your throat, there are plenty stalls selling water at the causeway. There are also few musicians; some are disabled playing instruments at the causeway, an act which is not in line with Islamic teaching. If you are not prepared to donate some money, do not snap the musicians’ pictures unless consented.
It was here that I witnessed the drowning of a man who was brave enough to swim in the water.
During high tide, the causeway leading to the dargah tends to be underwater. So you will either be disappointed of not being able to go to the dargah or be stranded!
Don’t miss out Haji Ali Dargah of Mumbai.