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Piran Kaliyar - एकता का प्रतीक: पिरान कलियर

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पंकज सिंह महर:

Here's a tighter shot of the tomb itself, showing some of the detail work on the sides of the tomb.  Note that the side walls are open grillwork, which allows one to see in (and also allows breezes to move through in the all-too-hot hot season).

पंकज सिंह महर:

The veneration of saints in Islam is based on the belief that their piety brought them close to Allah, and that they can therefore act as channels for Allah's grace. Not only do people visit the saints to ask for favors, but some strive to be buried near them. The tomb compound at Piran Kaliyar contains the graves of numerous followers, whereas this smaller tomb is built outside the shrine, but close by.

पंकज सिंह महर:

The shrine of Piran Kaliyar is the anchor and  raison d'etre for the town of Kaliyar, which is little more than a collection of shops around the saint's tomb, to sell merchandise, souvenirs, food, and offerings for the saint such as roses and sugar. The only time things get really busy is during the annual urs ("marriage"), the festival celebrating the saint's death anniversary, and hence his marriage with God.

पंकज सिंह महर:
Quawal in piran kaliyar

पंकज सिंह महर:

Piran Kaliyar, also known as Kaliyar Sharif, is the burial place of a Sufi saint named Ali`uddin Ali Ahmad Sabir. It is only a half hours drive from Haridwar, but the Islamic tone makes the feel of the place completely different. The tomb is set in a small village, whose only attraction is the presence of the saint, for whose blessings the faithful still seek, as at the shrine of Hazrat Nizam-ud-din, or Baba Mu'in ud-din Chishti.  This picture shows one of the gateways to the shrine (and the cucumber vendor who recognized a good business location)


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