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Pir Hazrat Zahir Auliya Khuwajagan Dargah or Ulubari Mazhar, Guwahati, Assam

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Imtiaz Ullah
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In the heart of the Guwahati city Pir Hazarat Zahir Auliya Khuwajagan or popularly known as Ulubari Mazhar is an embodiment of unwavering faith and religious harmony. The dargah is a reflection of strong religious harmony and Assam is a perfect example where different communities have lived together creating a strong cultural identity.

History of Ulubari Dargah

Hazrat Zahir was a renowned Pir who came down from Arabia two centuries ago. He came to Assam to preach and spread the message of Islam. He made Ulubari his abode. Syed Karim said, “Hazrat Zahir saw a lot of pain and suffering of people around him. He empathized with the people of Assam and decided to stay back and help them. Hazrat Zahir used to exhibit many miracles when he was alive. The miracles continued even after his death. In course of time the popularity of dargah spread far and wide and the legend of Hazrat Zahir grew by leaps and bounds.

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Annual Urs: the best time to visit

The annual Urs (annual religious ceremony) of the renowned Pir is held every year in the month of February. The Urs of the Pir is a revered day as on this dayHazrat Zahir left for his heavenly abode. There is a lot of community service that is done on this day and meals distributed to the needy. More than 5,000 poor people are fed and alms distributed free of cost, he added. According to the Khadim, his great grandfather, Jinnat Shah, came to Guwahati from Ajmer Sharif, in Rajasthan, to build the grave and dargah of Hazrat Zahir.

Spread Love and Hatred can wait

People of all faiths, classes and ages visit to offer prayers at the dargah to fulfill their wishes. Before Urs, visitors donate food items for sheerni (a sweet dish) and money for alms and donations. To accommodate the visitors, the dargah is now building a shelter for pilgrims and needy travelers. Many of the visitors claim that they were cured of many major illnesses after offering prayers at the dargah. Visitors come not only from Assam but from all over India visit the dargah.

How to Reach

The dargah is approx. 23 km from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport,Guwahati and around 2.2 km from Guwahati Railway Station. From Rupnath Brahma Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) it is approx. 11.5 km and 2.3 km from Assam State Transport Corporation bus stand.

Nearest City : Guwahati

Nearest Bus Stop : Ulubari

Nearest Airport : Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport,Guwahati

Nearest Railway Station : Guwahati Railway Station

Contact Person Name : Syed Abdul Karim (Khadim)

I have interacted personally with Syed Abdul Karim the Khadim. He is very down to earth, humble and knowledgeable. Incase, you visit the dargah don’t forget to meet him and say him “Salam”.

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