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Khadims of Ajmer: Custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Shrine

Updated: May 13

Khadims of Ajmer: Custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Shrine


The term "Khadim" originates from the Arabic word meaning "caretaker" or "custodian." The Khadims of Ajmer, led by Shah Syed Fakhar Nawaz Chishty, Gaddi Nasheen (hereditary custodian) of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Chairman of the Mere Khwaja Foundation, fulfill this role diligently. Shah Syed Fakhar Nawaz Chishty, born in February 1980, carries on a long-standing tradition of providing spiritual guidance, prayers, and Sufi healing through the Ajmer Sharif Shrine.


Khadims of Ajmer: Custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Shrine

Hereditary Lineage and Service Khadims of Ajmer


The Khadims are the descendants of Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.), the first cousin and spiritual brother of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.). They trace their lineage through Fakhruddin's sons and have been integral to the shrine's operation since its establishment. Known for their devotion and spiritual knowledge, the Khadims have been honored as "Mujavirs," "Syedna," "Sahibzadas," "Khudam, Peer Ji, Peer Sahab, Rishi, Syed Sahab, Hazrat sahab, Gaddi Nasheen" and "Gaddinashins." They serve pilgrims from all walks of life, ensuring the pilgrims' needs are met regardless of religion, gender, or ethnicity.


Khadims of Ajmer: Custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Shrine

Custodianship and Traditions


The Khadims are recognized as custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Shrine, maintaining and preserving centuries-old traditions. They hold the keys to the shrine and Toshakhana (treasury), opening and closing the doors daily with reverence and ritual. This duty is hereditary, handed down through generations, and acknowledged through historical documents like the "Malfoozat" and imperial orders. Despite political upheavals and changing governments, the Khadims have remained unwavering in their dedication, continuing to perform all rituals and ceremonies.


Challenges and Recognition


The Khadims have faced challenges in maintaining their role, often confronting criticism from pilgrims and officials. However, their strict adherence to established customs and devotion to Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz's teachings have garnered judicial recognition and continued support. The British government, Hindu Rajas, and Muslim rulers have all honored the Khadims for their service.


Modern Contributions

Shah Syed Fakhar Nawaz Chishty and his family continue to uphold their traditional duties while traveling globally to offer ancient Sufi healing methods. At home, they welcome guests to the shrine and provide spiritual care through prayers, talismans, and wazifas (recitations). The younger members of the Syed family are also being groomed to carry forward these traditions, ensuring that the Khadim legacy continues for future generations.


Conclusion

For over 800 years, the Khadims have remained the devoted custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Shrine, preserving its rich spiritual heritage and promoting a message of love, peace, and unity. Their role, deeply intertwined with the legacy of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.), remains pivotal in the seamless functioning of the shrine and in nurturing the faith of countless devotees worldwide.


equently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  1. Who are the Khadims of Ajmer Sharif?The Khadims are the hereditary custodians and caretakers of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Their lineage traces back to Hazrat Khwaja Syed Fakhruddin Gurdezi (R.A.), the first cousin and spiritual brother of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (R.A.).

  2. What role do the Khadims play at the Ajmer Sharif Shrine?They manage all the rituals and ceremonies, maintain the shrine’s treasury, and ensure the doors are opened and closed each day with traditional customs. They also provide spiritual guidance, healing, and prayers for pilgrims.

  3. What services do the Khadims provide to pilgrims and visitors?The Khadims offer spiritual treatments, prayers, talismans (taweez), and wazifas. They guide pilgrims to the holy shrine and ensure their needs are met during their stay.

  4. What does it mean to be a Gaddi Nasheen?A Gaddi Nasheen is the hereditary custodian or caretaker of a shrine. Shah Syed Fakhar Nawaz Chishty is the current Gaddi Nasheen of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, responsible for upholding its traditions.

  5. How have the Khadims maintained their role over the centuries?Despite changes in governments and revolutions, the Khadims have consistently upheld their responsibilities, adapting to challenges while remaining dedicated to Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz's (R.A.) teachings.

  6. Can anyone visit the Ajmer Sharif Shrine?Yes, the shrine is open to all visitors, regardless of religion, gender, or ethnicity. The Khadims ensure that every pilgrim feels welcome and receives assistance during their visit.

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