Shrine of Selim Chisty,Fatehpur Sikri 1997

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F. Zaman on September 30, 2009

Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti(the photo above):Salim Chisti(1478-1572), a Sufi saint during Mughal Empire in South Asia,was the descendant of the famous Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti. Salim Chisti was a greatly revered Sufi Mystic. The Mughal Emperor Akbar-e-Azam came to the holy man's camp, deep in the desert, seeking a male heir to his throne. Salim Chisti blessed Akbar, and soon the first of three sons was born to him. He named his first son Salim (later emperor Jahangir) in honor of Salim Chisti. Akbar held the Sufi in such high regard that he had a great city Fatehpur Sikri built around the Sufi Saint's camp. His Mughal Court and Courtiers were then relocated there. A shortage of water is said to be the main reason that the city was abandoned. Now it is one of the main tourist attractions of India. The tomb of Shaikh Salim was originally built with red sandstone but later converted into a beautiful marble mausoleum.
Salim Chisti's Mazar (tomb) is in the middle of The Emperor's Courtyard at Fatehpur Sikri,43 Km from Agra; Uttar Pradesh, India. Childless women, particularly those without a male heir, still continue to pray on bended knees before his tomb. Such is the power of legends.

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Photo taken in Dadupura, Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India

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    by F. Zaman
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