‘Jahanara: A Sufi patron who swept rose petals spread around Ajmer dargah’s floor with eye lashes’

Jahanara, the eldest child of Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, was born in the holy city of Ajmer. She had the strongest bond with Dara Shikoh, the chosen crown prince of Shah Jahan who introduced her to the teachings of Qadiriyya order of Sufism...

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Do you know Jahanara, daughter of Shahjahan and Mumtaaz Mahal, was a patron of Sufism and often called herself “Faqirah” (ascetic). 

According to Salman Chishti, GaddiNashin-DargahAjmerSharif, Chairman-ChishtyFoundation, Jahanara was a regular visitor to the Khwaja dargah. In fact, she used to pick rose petals spread around his dargah with her eye lashes which speaks of her devotion and service towards the Supreme.”

She was also known to offer red chadar at dargah, he told the EBNW Story.

In her biography of Moinuddin Chishti, Jahanara writes about her pilgrimage to Ajmer, which she took after a year of an unfortunate event reported just two days after her 30th birthday. The princess got perilously injured after getting caught into a fire. The leading hakims were summoned to cure the princess, but none of the treatments showed positive results. Instead, it was a mendicant who successfully cured her. 

On her recovery, while Shah Jahan distributed coins and rubies among the public, Jahanara paid a visit to the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s shrine in Ajmer.

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