Visiting India offers a lot of faith-based travel and one place that should be on your trip is to Mumbai where you can visit the Haji Ali Dargah.
India is home to people of varied beliefs, and it is this Unity in Diversity that makes this country the best place on God’s Green Earth. A country known as the ‘Bird of Gold’ before invaders and people that ruled it seized its gold to make their country look beautiful. While people invaded the country, India accepted everyone’s faith and never questioned or challenged one’s belief.
India believed in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,’ which translates to ‘The World is One Family,’ and also lived and continues to live with the philosophy of ‘oṃ sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥ, sarve santu nirāmayāḥ, sarve bhadrāṇi paśyantu, mā kaścidduḥ khabhāgbhaveta। oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ॥‘. It translates to ‘May all sentient beings be at peace, may no one suffer from illness, May all see what is auspicious, may no one suffer. Om peace, peace, peace.’
This belief of India helped people from all walks and belief system come to a land and live there without feeling avenge against each other. The harmony of this beautiful nation puts the world in awe as it has places of worship for people from all belief systems, and one such place is the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and a dargah of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The Sufi saint was generous and kind and would always talk of good things that are a part of humankind. He was such a noble person that he gave all his worldly possessions before starting his pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca. The dargah is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and continues to be a place of visit and worship for people from all beliefs.
The quality of this dargah is that it is on an islet and has the best marble pillars with artistic mirror work. The dargah can be visited during low tide and remains isolated with no access. The mesmerizing build and togetherness with the creator feeling comes when you visit this beautiful and religious dargah. It is an example of how peaceful and beautiful a place of worship can be, even if built centuries ago.
Mumbai is the financial capital of India and is also home to one of the entertainment industries in the country. Inspired or verbally similar to Hollywood, it is called Bollywood. Superstars appear different on screen than they do in real life, thanks to the difference caused by the makeup and the ‘reel life’ image. Aamchi Mumbai is home to some places, including the Haji Ali Dargah, like Gateway of India (not to be confused with India Gate in Delhi), Red Carpet Wax Museum, Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji (Maharaj) Terminus, ISKCON Temple, and a lot of others.
Siddhivinayak Temple is a place of worship in the city and dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the Prabhadevi area of Mumbai. Mumba Devi is another place to visit, as it is a very religious place, and she is the Goddess of Mumbai City. The city derives its name ‘Mumbai’ from the temple ‘Mumba Devi.’
The food in Mumbai is the best because it gives your taste buds a reason to know why they exist in the first place. Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Usal Pav, Dabeli are just a few of the foods that you can enjoy in the city, but that doesn’t mean it’s all that the place has to offer to your culinary experience.
Ragda pattice, Akuri, Bhel Puri, Bombay Sandwich are some crispier delights that you can enjoy as you sip your favorite tea at a tea shop. Also, don’t forget to ask for the special ‘cutting chai,’ which means half a glass of tea, or a small cup of tea. Now that you have visited and enjoyed some food, how about ending it with a Frankie and a Puran Poli because every ending should be sweet.