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KHWAJA MOINUDDIN CHISHTI

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (1143-1223 AD) was one of the most renowned Sufi saints in India. He was born in Sanjar in the province of Sistan in Iran. He was the disciple of the great Sufi saint Khwaja Uthman Harvani, who belonged to the Chishti order. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti reached India around 1192 AD, shortly after the death and defeat of Prithvi Raj Chauhan. After staying for a short period in Lahore and Delhi, he reached Ajmer in 1195 AD and set up a Khanqah (place of worship) to spread his message of universal love and brotherhood. His simple, pious and ascetic way of life attracted a large number of people who came to seek spiritual guidance from him. After his death on March 11, 1223 AD (6th of Rajab, 633 AH), his devotees started holding a congregation or Urs at Ajmer from the first to the sixth day of the Islamic month of Rajab every year.


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