|1. Dargha of Hazarth Gous E Gawliori (rh) :: 2. Khwaja Khanoon Sahib|
Dargha of Hazarth Gous E Gawliori(rh)
The most honoured and famous saint of 16th century.He was spiritually honoured by the Mogul king Humayun. Sangeet Samrat Tansen was his follower and his samadhy is near his Peer’s dargah in Gwalior, he also was the Peero-Murshid of famous Indian Saints Hazrat Shahwajihuddin alwiyul gujrati (R.A.) and Hazrat Shah-ul-hamid Hazrat Kadarshahwali of Nagore sharif (south india)(R.A.). He stayed in Gujarat for 18 years in Sarangpur at the time of his stay in this area people came to meet him with the name “Chalo Shaikh Sahab Ke DOLATKHANE” and as such the area’s name is today famous as SARANGPUR DOLATKHANA, where during his stay he build a mosque which is known as EK TODA’S MASJID .Where there at present his three Sons are burried (1) Hazrat Shah Ismailshah,(2) Hazrat Shah Uvaishshah and (3) Hajrat Shah Diwanshah Muzzaffarshah(BALAPIR),and one Grand Daughter Daulatkhawir alias Bibi Amttusshukur(R.A.). When Badshah Humayun came back to the Throne of Delhi he invited his Peer to come back to Agra, Humayun presented Hazrat Mohammed Gaus 1 Crore ashrafis 40 Elephants and 15 Mahals at the time of his arrival to Agra.
Mohammed Gaus full name is written as”RAISULKAMELIN SULTANUL AULIA GAUS UL AALAM KHWAZA HAJI HAMMIDUDDIN BIN KHATIRUDDIN ATTARIYUL SHATTARIYUL Urf Hazrat Mohammed Gaus Gwaliory.The Historical Monument where he has been burried by his vasiat was built by the Great AKBAR Badshah.His eldest son Hazrat SHAH ABDULLAHSHAH is also burried near to him,in Gauspura,Hazira,Gwalior(M.P.)He was the seventh ancestor of the most popular Saint and poet Hazrat KHWAJA FARIDUDDIN ATTAR NISHAPURI.(IRAN),
Mohammed Gaus was born in the Bihar’,in the village Ghazipur on 7th Rajjab 907 Hijri and died on 14th Ramazan 970 Hijri,his followers are all over the world and his legal Heir’s are also in Bhopal,Pakistan and also in Gujarat.(Ahmedabad).
Gwalior pronunciation is a city in Madhya Pradesh in India. It lies 76 miles (122 km) south of Agra with a population of 690,342.Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of North India, and the city and its fortress have served as the center of several of North India’s historic kingdoms. Gwalior is the administrative headquarters of Gwalior district and Gwalior division.
Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon Sahib (Shah-e-Willayat)
LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF – KHWAJA KHANOON SAHIB
Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon Sahib was born in 853 Hijri that is In 1434 A. D. in Nagore, a village near Jodhpur (Rajasthan). His ancestors had come from Khurasan and settled there. The real name of Hazrat Khanoon Sahib Sayiduddin, but his father affectionately called him ‘Khanoon’ and the name stuck, Right from the early boyhood Hzt. Khanoon led an extremely pious and austere life. To serve the parents, to respect the elders and to obey the Pious and the Enlightened were the cherished principles of his life. He was barely fourteen years of age when in the year 1448 A.D he completed his education and got himself enlisted in the Royal Army. It was here that he received the news of his brother Hazrat Badruddin’s death. Hzt. Badruddin, who was also in the Royal Army had gone on a haunting expedition along with the king. He had lost his way, when he was waylaid by the robbers and met a martyr’s death. On reaching the place of tragedy Khanoon Sahib found that the blood was still oozing out from the wounds of his dead brother and his corpse laid covered with fresh flowers. He performed the last rites of his dead brother and him buried near the grave of a saint. Next day he had a spiritual communion with his brother who informed Khanoon Sahib that the Almighty had blessed him, had given him a place in Heaven. He also apprised Khanoon Sahib about the sacredness of the learned and enlightened saint near whose grave he was buried. All this left a profound and lasting impression on Khanoon Sahib and he began to devote more and more of his time in prayers and meditation.
Soon he began to realize the emptiness of life he was hitherto leading. A heavenly voice spoke within him. He was commanded to free himself from all worldly bondages The futility of having any attachment with the ephemeral world appeared to have dawned upon him almost overwhelmingly. He longed to achieve salvation and decided to renounce the entanglements of this world forthwith. He distributed all his belongings amongst the poors and cladding himself in a lone blanket he set out on his holy mission. At the age of twenty-one he become a staunch disciple of Khwaja JalalSufi Hamidduddin Nagori and Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmeri, who happened to be his ancestor from his mother’s side. He reached Nagore to pay homage at the Durgah of the great one. Here he also took farewell from his relatives and kinsmen and. thereafter proceeded on foot to Aimer. He took to prayers and penances at Ana-sagar in a cave, situated near the CHILLA of Khwaja Kutub Sahib.
At last, as an act of extreme penance he drowned his head and face in the outlet of the water that flowed from the Dargab of Garib Nawar and poured into a pool nearby. Thus forgetting even his very existence he remained there for a long time till Khwaja Garib Nawaz himself appeared to enlighten him. He felt the tender touch of the holy hand over his head and heard the prophetic voice of the holiest, “Khanoon, my child, God has ordained you to be His torchbearer from the day you were born. Now get up and present yourself to Khwaja Ismail of Nagore. Be blessed with his profound spiritual benedictions. Go to him, for with your fate in hand he awaits you at Chanderi, Thus awakened from his trance and inspired by the pious utterings of the Garib Nawaz, Khwaja Khanoon Sahib set out towards Chanderi. However, on reaching his destination, he instead of going directly to Khwaja Ismail, established himself in a mountain cave, for he did not deem it proper to present himself before his teacher till being so commanded by him. In the cave he gave himself up to terrible penances and profound meditation. Years slipped away like this. Thick layers of dust settled on his whole being and many a time hedges grew and dried up on his mud-covered body. At last Khwaja Garib Nawaz had a spiritual communion with Khwaja Ismail and told him how Khanoon Sahib was awaiting his Summons in that cave of Chanderi, “Let him be summoned before you” continued the great seer “Bless him with your introspective knowledge and spiritual wisdom and command him to settle at Gwalior to carry out the work of God. The very next day, when the sun had not yet come out of the eastern horizon, Khwaja Ismail ordered his disciples to bring Khanoon Sahib to his presence. On reaching the mountain cave the disciples found Khnnoon Sahtb in a State of complete trance. If he was not mistaken for dead it was because his nails and the hair had grown large. He was bodily lifted along with the dried clay that had accumulated on his whole being, and was brought before Khwaja Ismail in a planquin On seeing him in that state the Holy one loudly called out in his ear “Baba Khanoon”, At this sacred command of the blessed sage Khanoon Sahib opened his eyes. He had become alarmingly weak and it took him several days to regain his vitality. However, on becoming normal again, he was summoned before Khwaja Ismail Sahib and on 9th Zilhij” which happen to be a special day of ‘Haj’. Khwaja Ismail blessed Khanoon Sahib with all that heavenly wisdom and insight which he himself had imbibed from his father and preceptor. He instructed Khanoon Sahib to first go to Aimer and then to settle at Gwalior to spread out the message of God and the gospel of truth and righteousness.
Khwaja Rashid Khanooni was borned in 1946 at Gwalior city, M.P. state India. He has completed his primary education in Bhopal, capital city of M.P. state and succeeded his secondary education from Uttar Pradesh state board Agra. He was graduated and awarded degree in Law from Jivaji University of Gwalior. Education thrust has taken him to Delhi and London University.
In 1977 he has left his legal practice and taken a ‘U’ turn to become Sajjadanashin of 500 years ancient Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Khanoon. By that time he has committed to the deep religious and spiritual knowledge. He has given full time to Roohani Acadamy resulting many historical books has been published by the acadamy.
Apart from all above he has attached with All India Jamiatul-soofia, Jashn-e-Islam, Soofi conference. He is vice president of Indian National Soofi Board. Member of M.P. State government Vigilance committee (Lok ayukt, Gwalior). He is chairman of Khwaja Sahib Education and Welfare society.
Mausoleum of Ghaus Mohammed
Ghaus Mohammed’s sand stone mausoleum is laid in the old town of Hazira. He was an Afghan Prince who turned sufi saint and he had helped Babur to win the Gwalior fort. His mausoleum is designed according to ancient Mughal architecture. Particularly exquisite are the screens using pierced stone technique. The carvings on these screens are as delicate as lace.
About Gwalior Fort
The Gwalior fort, situated at Gopachal, almost 100m above the town of Gwalior, was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century. It’s width is not more than 1km and the walls, encircling the fort, are solid and about 10m high. It covers an area of 3 sq. kms and consists three temples, six palaces and a number of water tanks. It is considered as North and Central India’s most secure fort. Babur, the great Mughal emperor described the fort as, “The pearl amongst fortresses in India”. The fort also has an unlimited water supply, as there are many water tanks on the plateau.
This fort was owned by many rulers like the Tomars, Mughals, Marathas and British, who finally handed it over to the Scindias. The southern path of the Gwalior fort is delimited by rock faces with intricate carvings of the Jain Tirthankars. Some of the temples in the Gwalior Fort are the Teli-ka-Mandir- a 9th century Dravidian-style shrine which is notable for its profusely sculpted exterior standing next to it are the Saas-Bahu Temples and the Chaturbhuj Mandir, a Vaishnavite shrine dating back to the 9th century.
The fort’s most eminent palaces are the amazingly ornate Man Singh Palace, built by Man Singh in the 15th century. Then there’s the Jauhar Kund, which marks the spot where the women of the harem burnt themselves to death after the defeat of the king of Gwalior in 1232.
Gwalior Fort Other palaces within the Gwalior Fort which are worth seeing include the Karan Palace, the Jahangir Mahal, the Shahjahan Mahal and the Gujri Mahal (the latter was built by Man Singh for his favourite queen, Mrignayani).
Other Attractions Near the Gwalior Fort
Tomb of Tansen
Tansen, the Father of Indian classical music and one of the nine Gems in Akbar’s court is buried in Gwalior. This great singer’s memorial carry’s a very simple tone in itself and is surrounded by gardens on its sides. This monument is a part of Gwalior’s cultural heritage. Every year a music festival is organised here. The festival is held in November / December and attracts singers and musicians from all over India.
Air: Indian Airlines operates a flight to Gwalior from Delhi.
Bus : There are regular bus services from Gwalior to Agra, Jhansi, Shivpuri, Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur.
Train: Gwalior is on the main Delhi to Mumbai railway line. The superfast Shatabdi express links it with Delhi.
Gwalior offers accommodation that to suits all kinds of budget and requirements. To save some bucks look for an accommodation near the railway station.