Any Trouble Go to Sufi Saints Dargah

Delhi Tour Guide Harry
3 min readNov 11, 2022


Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki

Famous pilgrimage centers and dargahs of Delhi, dedicated to the Sufi saints of Delhi. From Peer Baba’s Dargah {Dargah Matka Peer Delhi} in Delhi to Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki’s Dargah in Mehroli to Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, this post lists the five most sacred Dargahs in Delhi that are must-visit.
Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki was the first Sufi saint of Delhi. He is credited with establishing and popularizing the Chishti order in Delhi. They were descendants of Prophet Muhammad, who came through Hussein bin Ali. Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiyar Kaki pledged allegiance to Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti and received Khilafat and Kharqa from him. He was a disciple and spiritual successor of Moinuddin Chishti as head of the Chishti order, and the man to whom the Qutub Minar, Delhi is dedicated.

Before him, the Chishti system in India was limited to Ajmer and Nagaur. He played an important role in establishing a safe order in Delhi. His dargah adjacent to the Zafar Mahal in Mehroli and the oldest dargah in Delhi is also the site of his annual Urs celebrations.

Hazarat Nizamudeen Auliya

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin and Mehboob Ilahi was a Sufi saint of the Chishti order and undoubtedly one of the most famous Sufis of India. His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganj Shakar, Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki and Moinuddin Chishti. Nizamuddin Auliya was born in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh. At the age of twenty, Nizamuddin went to Ajodhan (Pakpattan Sharif in present-day Pakistan) and became a disciple of the Sufi saint Fariduddin Ganj Shakar, better known as Baba Farid. Nizamuddin did not care much about the doctrinal aspects of Sufism and followed the unique features introduced by the previous sages of the Chasti Sufi order in India.

Chirag e Delhi

Nasiruddin Mahmud Chirag Dehlvi was a 14th-century Sufi poet and a Sufi saint of the Chishti Nizam. He was a murid (disciple) of the famous Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya and later succeeded him. He was the last important Sufi of the Chishti sect of Delhi. Delhi was given the title of “Roshan Chirag Dilli”, which in Urdu means “Light of Delhi”.

Born as Syed Nasiruddin Mahmud al-Hasani around 1274 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, he left Ayodhya at the age of forty, where he became a disciple of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. Here Dehlavi remained his disciple for the rest of his life and succeeded him after his death. Nasiruddin Chirag Dehlvi, unlike his spiritual teacher Nizamuddin Auliya, did not follow the boundary, which was considered un-Islamic by a section of the Muslim intellectuals of the time. However, he did not give any specific ruling against it. This is the reason that even today qawwali is not played near his dargah in Delhi.

Matka Peer Baba

The Dargah of Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr, popularly known as Matka Peer Dargah, is famous for its potted trees. It is said that vows and prayers are never heard here. It is said that one day a thirsty traveler came to him asking for water, and the pir made him drink water from an earthen pot. The traveler told him that he was suffering from a disease that apparently had no cure. The prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to pray for him and when the man returned after a few days, it was said that he was completely cured of the disease.

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