Dargah Sharif, Ajmer 1989
A commemorative postage stamp on the Ajmer Sharif Dargah (Tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti) :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 13, 1989
Description of Designs : The stamp is designed by India Security Press, the first day cover by Sankha Samantha and the cancellation by Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked adhesive gravure coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 15,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The Dargah Sharif, Ajmer, draws people of all sects the world over to pay homage to Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti (R.A.) who was one of the greatest Sufi saints of the Chishti order in India. Among many other Sufi spiritual leaders were Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtyar Kaki of Delhi, Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Masud Ganj-e-Shakar of Pak Patan District Sahiwal (now in Pakistan), Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia of Delhi, Hazrat Alauddin Ali Ahmad Sabu of Kalyar, Hazrat Nasiruddin Mahmood of Oudh (popularly known as Chiragh-e-Delhi) and Hazrat Syed Mohammad Husaini Gesu Daraz of Gulbarga, Karnataka.
- Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti (b.530 Hijri) was born to Hazrat Ghyasuddin Chishti and Bibi Mahnoor Ummul Vara at Sanjar in Sijistan province of Iran. He lost his parents at a young age, growing up into a quiet and solitary boy. A meeting with Hazrat Ibrahim Kandozi changed the course of his life. He gave away his wealth and property to the poor and set out in search of spiritual sustenance.
- His search took him finally to Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harvan who initiated him into the Chishti order of the Sufis. He remained under the guidance of Khwaja Harvani for twenty years and ultimately became his “Khalifa“. Thereafter he visited Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. From Ghazni Khwaja Sahib came to India with forty followers in 1191 A.D. He settled at Ajmer devoting himself to the spiritual needs of the poor, providing succour to the needy.
- In his eyes the true devotee was a man with charity that flowed endlessly like a river, affection warm as sunshine and as impartial, hospitality and humility like the earth which gave its riches to all men. People called him “Gharib Nawaz“ (the sustainer of the poor) out of love and reverence. Khwaja Saheb passed away in 627 Hijri. But even today the Dargah Sharif Ajmer, stands in his memory drawing people to him and his mission of charity, love and goodwill.
- Material for text, courtesy: Dargah Committee, Ajmer and Prof. N.A. Faruqui.