Rehman ir Rahim
emulation of their Shaikh, the Chishtis take to heart the hadith-
someone visits a living man and gets nothing from him to eat,
it is as if he had visited the dead."
were never to eat alone, were to welcome anyone who joined their
company, serve them with pleasure and patience, and offer even the
smallest morsel of food to any person hungrier than themselves.
you know : Since last 400 yrs the Degs of Tabarruk are prepared
of Sweet Rice, 100%
Vegetarian in 100% pure ghee so that all the Zayrins can enjoy the
Tabarruk of Khwaja Sahab
For the Sufi,
observance of adab forges links with a spiritual heritage. The extension
of hospitality and sharing of meals offer opportunities to embody
remembrance of God within traditions shared by generations of fellow
travelers on the path.
of Baghdad, who was known for his moderation and generosity. His
house was a center where Sufis held meetings and often stayed as
guests. When Shaikh of Khorasan came to Baghdad with eight dervishes,
Junayd lodged them in his home for a full year, offering them every
day fresh food, new clothes and perfumes.
"What is worship?"
Moinuddin Chishti, founder of the Chishti Order, responded,
to the plight of the oppressed, to help the needy, and to fill the
stomachs of the hungry. The man who does these three things may
consider himself a friend of Allah. First he should have generosity
like a river; secondly, kindness like the sun and, thirdly, humility
like the earth. The man who is blessed is the man who is generous.
Moinuddin Chishty became legendary for his embodiment of this
philosophy. It is said that so many meals were cooked every day
in his kitchen that every impoverished person in the whole city
could eat until satisfied. His custom was continued by the Khadims
any surplus at Chishti khanqahs was distributed to visitors and
( FREE KITCHEN )
A Langar Khana
is the place in a Sufi Dargah where free food called Langar is distributed
to all, and where food is prepared to be given to the poor.
Dargah Sharif distributes food to the destitute twice daily from
the langar khana. Chishty foundation have always believed in distributing
food to the needy whenever possible. The medieval Chishty Khanqas
kept open kitchens and this tradition in continued by the Ajmer
Dargah Sharif and Khadims. The British Administration was clearly
impressed by this aspect of the dargah sharifs activities.
The Rajputana District Gazetteer of 1904 reports that ordinary private
charity in times of famine cannot much be continued upon to supplement
. an exception is, perhaps, the institution
attached to the Dargah Sharif of HazratKhwaja
Moinuddin Chishty at Ajmer, known as the Langar Khana, the only
permanent poor-house in the district.
Two mounds and
six seers of grain with six seers of salt are cooked and distributed
to all corners before day break in the morning, and the same quantity
before five oclock in the evening. Besides the 1,570 maunds
of grain which are thus yearly consumed, 644 maunds are annually
distributed to infirm women, widows and other deserving persons
at their own houses.
[ During the monsoon floods which destroyed many houses around the
Ajmer, during the Urs of 1976, the Khanqah of Dargah Sharif fed
and housed all those who found themselves without shelter after
The story goes
that Emperor Akbar, like any other pilgrim devotee, once went to
the Langar Khana in disguise to take food. Providentially, it was
raining heavily, and Akbar unfortunetly fell down on the floor as
the ground was slippery. Contemplating over this mishap, Akbar decided
that a pucca building to house the kitchen was needed in order to
save such mishaps to others and as a result the present building
After crossing the Buland Darwaza two huge cauldrons, one on the
right and the other on the left are seen.
Bari Deg - It is located on the right side of Buland Darwaza
inside Sahan-e-Chiragh Emperor Akbar pledged to visit Ajmer Sharif
in 976 Hijra (1567 A.D.) on foot and presented a large cauldron
if victorious in Chittaurgarh battle. So he kept his word after
winning the battle. 4800 kg of food can be cooked in it and the
cost comes to about 100,000/- Indian Rupees.
: It is located on the left side of Buland Darwaza inside Sahan-e-Chiragh.
It was presented by Sultan Nooruddin Jahangir in 1013 Hijra. (1613
A.D.) 2400 kg of food can be cooked in it that approximately amount
to 50,000/- Indian Rupees.
the shrine according to their ability and generosity propose to
offer a deg. The smallest amount which can be given for the large
deg is 80 maunds of rice, 28 maunds of ghee, 35 of sugar and 15
of almonds and raisins, besides saffron and other spices. The smaller
deg exactly half the large one.
of the ingredients cooked in the deg reproduced that the food not
always sweet rice. Meat was also used, but out of deference to Non-Mulsims
devotees of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty and their vegetarian
principles the practice of cooking meat was ended.
rental fee for getting food cooked in the small deg is Rs 3572/-
and Rs 7390/- for big one, which is to be deposited in Dargah Sharif
Office, without which cooking does not take place. Likewise the
donar must be represented by a Wakil also called a Khadim, without
whose representation cooking does not take place. A portion of the
fee (Zar-e-Chaharrum) is paid to the Khadim by the Dargah Sharif.
Degs (Cauldrons) are cooked by Zaireen (pilgrims/devotees) who can
afford to cook, Bavakalat (through) respective Khadims of Khwaja