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Family visit to Haji Ali Dargah

We planned to drive through newly constructed Bandra-Worli sea link on a sunday ( also happens to be the birthday of my wife) and on the way back… spend some time at Juhu Beach.

The Haji emma Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 by a rich Muslim merchant, Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari Hailing from Bukhara, in the ancient Persian Empire and now in Uzbekistan, travelled around the world in the early 1400s, and then settled in Mumbai.

As per the legends, surrounding his mystique, once the Saint saw a poor woman crying on the road, holding an empty vessel. He asked her what the problem was. She sobbed that that her husband was upset with her since she had stumbled and accidentally spilled the oil she was carrying. He asked her to take him to the spot where she lost the oil. There, he jabbed a finger into the soil and the oil gushed out. The overjoyed woman filled up the vessel and went home. Later, Bukhari had a recurring – and disturbing – dream that he had injured Mother Earth by his act. Full of remorse, he soon fell ill and directed his followers to cast the coffin carrying his body into the Arabian Sea.

So you find the Haji Ali Dargah in the middle of the Arabian sea and there is a pathway leading it to it, that is very crowded on fridays!

We also wanted to visit Mahalakshmi temple adjacent to dargah ( happens only in India!) but excessive crowd in queue discouraged us. We went to linking road at Bandra to do some shopping and finally to juhu beach to spend some time besides the sea shore. And were back by the evening for a quiet dinner at home.

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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