Sufi Shrines in Khuldabad , Maharashtra – India


City: Khuldabad District: Aurangabad State: Maharashtra

Shrine of Syed Shah Jalal Ud Din with one of the trees

In the village of Khuldabad, near Aurangabad, known as the Valley of the Sufi Saints, a visit to the shrine of Syed Shah Jalal Ud Din, also known by his epithet Ganj Rawan Ganj Baksh (which means flowing treasure) is a must. There are many interesting facts which are locally known about this Saint and his powers. This shrine overlooks the Pariyon Ka Talab, the waters of which also have healing properties, and the ill can bathe in the same.

The saint was to have been told by his preceptor to set up base where his staff sprung shoots. It did so at this very site at Khuldabad. A stone marks the site where he first gave an aazan
(Call to prayer).

Outer gate of the shrine of Syed Shah Jalal Ud Din

Near the shrine are two trees, one is said to have grown from the Saint’s staff. It is located behind the shrine. The other, in front of the shrine, is an offshoot of the original tree.

Stone marking the place where Aazan was first given by Syed Shah Jalal Ud Din

Infertility is cured if a woman who is unable to conceive eats the fruits of this tree. Eating the fruits of one tree is said to ensure a female child and the other a male child.

In the days gone by, a hijra (transgendered man) is said to have mocked the powers of Syed Shah Jalal Ud Din. This hijra conceived and but died at childbirth. The hijra’s grave and that of the still born baby are found here.

Door of the shrine

An upturned stone (yoni) is also found embedded in the complex. It seems to be the Saint’s powers that it overturned – this was done at the request of the villagers as they were being harassed. In recent times, it is said that all efforts to forcefully remove it, even by deploying heavy machinery have proved futile.

The above stories were told to me by the khadim of the shrine. Photography permission was given.

Address: :Shrine of Syed Shah Jalal Ud Dn or Ganj Rawan Ganj Baksh,
Pariyon Ka Talab, Khuldabad (Approximately 20 kms from Aurangabad by road)
Near Aurangabad.

Tomb of Saint Jalal al-Din or Ganj-i-ravan [flowing treasure]

Praying at this dargah and washing in the waters of the Fairies’ Tank, women are said to be cured of infertility and other ailments. Like pilgrims to the Dargah of Zar Zari Zar Baksh, women pray here to conceive a child and, as a symbol of their prayer, attach coloured bits of fabric and bangles above the door lintel or on the limbs of the great tree.

Also in this courtyard is the tomb of a hijra (hermaphrodite or transgendered man) who is said to have mocked the saint’s ability to help people conceive. According to the story told by the caretaker of the shrine, the hijra became pregnant by the power of the saint, but died in childbirth. Stones mark the grave of both the hijra and child.


Shrine of Hazrat Syed Shah Khatal Husseni (r.a.), Khuldabad the son of Hazrath Khwaja Bande Nawaz (Gulbaraga).

Photography permission was given.

If someone understands Urdu, here is a photograph of the Urs announcement of the shrine of Khwaja Bande Nawaz – Gulbaraga which was displayed in Khuldabad.

Address: Shrine of Hazrat Syed Shah Khatal Husseni
Khuldabad Village,
Khuldabad, Near Aurungabad
Maharashtra, India


Hazrat Syedna Bahruddin Quadri and Maualana Shah Ansari Shuttari, Daulatabad

-Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia.

Though there were many khulfa of Nizamuddin Aulia but there were some special murids and khulfa one of them was Hazrat Burhanuddin Gharib.

He was a great desciple of Mehbub-e-ilahi. GHARIB was his lakab. it was given by NIZAMUDDIN AULIA. Once Hazrat Burhanuddin came to Nizamuddin Aulia , & one of his servent told hazrat that burhanuddin gharib has come to meet you.he said so because Hazrat Burhanuddin worn a very ordinary dress & was looking so poor. from that day itself his name was made HAZRAT BURHANUDDIN GHARIB.

He served many years near NIZAMUDDIN AULIA.He gave him his JAINAMAZ also made him his KHALIFA and orderd him to go to KHULDABAD with 700 murids(deciples). he said his namaz fazr 25 years by namaz isha’s wadu. Stayed forever in khuldabad and tabligh of deen. now silvers are present in the foot of hazrat’s dargah & can be seen easily.

WISAL-Wednesday,11,safar,748 hizri.

Also HAZRAT BURHANUDDIN GHARIB’S KHALIFA AND FIRST “SAJJADA NASHIN” He got the imama (turban) of HAZRAT CHIRAG DELHI. and went to paak patan to haqve a ziyarat of BABA FARIDUDDIN’s mazar. Alamgir Aurangzeb was very akidatmand of his mazar is present at the foot of hazrat. WISAL-25 ‘Rabbil awal. the holy “QADAM RASOOL” is also present there shown on EID MILADUN NABI & URS.

Address : This shrine is at Daulatabad, near Khuladabad,
en route to Ellora caves from Aurangabad. Photography permission was obtained.


The saint of this popular Dargah, Muntajib al-Din, known best by his epithet Zar Zari Zar Baksh, is said to have come to this area of the Deccan in the fourteenth century at the request of his teacher, Nizamuddin Awliya of Delhi.

The Zar Zari Zar Baksh Dargah [Sufi Shrine] in Khuldabad attracts hundreds of pilgrims each year for ordinary rituals such as seeking the blessings of praying at a holy place. But this Dargah draws people from long distances for more specific purposes too. Thousands of pilgrims travel to the Zar Zari Zar Baksh Dargah for the urs or death anniversary of the saint, immediately followed by the commemoration of the death of the Prophet Muhammad.

Several apocryphal stories are told about Muntajib al-Din to account for the name, Zar Zari Zar Baksh, “the giver of the essence of gold”, but historical data notes simply that he was a practicing Sufi who often retreated to a hill cave near the place where his tomb was eventually built.


State : Maharashtra
District : Aurangabad
Population : 12,794 (2001[update])
• Elevation (AMSL)
• 857 m (2,812 ft)

Khuldabad is a city and a municipal council in Aurangabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Initially it was known as Rauza meaning garden of paradise. It is known as the Valley of Saints, or the Abode of Eternity, because in the 14th century, several Sufi saints of the Chishti order, chose to reside here. The dargah of Shaikh Burhan ud-din Gharib Chisti along with the tomb of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and his trusted general Qamar-ud-din Khan, Asaf Jah I are located in this town.

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