Updated: Oct 26
Khadims of Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Custodians of Ajmer Dargah
A Historical Journey of the Holy Shrine Guardians
The sacred bond between Hazrat Syedna Khwaja Garib Nawaz and his devoted Khadim, Syed Khwaja Fakhruddin Gardezi Chishti, is a testament to the profound spirituality and unwavering dedication khadims of Ajmer Sharif that has graced Dargah Sharif for centuries.
A Brotherly Connection
Syed Khwaja Fakhruddeen Gardezi Chishti was not only a Khadim but also a cherished family and spiritual brother of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz. Their journey together to India, spanning over 850 years, solidified a connection that transcended the earthly realm. In the presence of Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz, Fakhruddin was lovingly instructed to address him as "brother," to which Fakhruddin humbly responded, "I am your servant."
A Timeless Legacy
This sacred relationship continues to be passed down through generations. The descendants of Syed Fakhruddeen Gurdezi Chishti, known as Syed's, hold the honored title of "Khuddame Khawaja.
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carrying forward the tradition and devotion that was set in motion by Syed Khwaja Fakhruddin himself.
A Lifelong Commitment
The duty of the Khadim of Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz is not just a role; it's a lifelong commitment. As it was with Kuhwaja Fakhruddin Gurdezi Chishti, the current Khuddams continue to serve with utmost devotion, ensuring that the legacy of Khuwaja Gharib Nawaz lives on, and it will remain steadfast till the end of time, as we pray, "Aameen ya Rabbul Alameen."
The Sacred Duties of Khadims at Khwaja Gharib Nawaz's Shrine
The Khadims of Gharib Nawaz undertake a sacred duty that spans 365 days, a tradition steeped in history that has endured for 850 years. Their role is deeply significant, and it is these devoted individuals who are entrusted with the privilege of serving at the revered Dargah Sharif.
Guardians of the Key
Among their responsibilities is the solemn duty of being the "Key Holders," or "Kalid Bardari." This means that only the Khadims possess the keys to the sanctum sanctorum of Khawaja Gareeb Nawaz. This symbolic act underscores the exclusivity of their service, as they alone have the privilege of opening the door to the inner sanctum.
A Legacy of Service
The role of the Khadims is not merely a vocation; it is a calling that has been passed down through generations. Their unwavering commitment to the shrine and its visitors is a testament to the enduring legacy of Kuhwaja Ghareeb Nawaz.
Respect for Tradition
The Khadims, also known as Syed Zaadgan or Khuddam Khawaja Sahab, respect and uphold the rich tradition of the Dargah. Their presence ensures that the spiritual sanctity of this sacred place remains intact, allowing devotees from all walks of life to seek solace, blessings, and inspiration.
A Unique Privilege
It is important to note that the role of a Khadim is an exceptional privilege that cannot be attained by others. This exclusive responsibility underscores their unwavering devotion to the Dargah of Syedna Hazrat Khwaja Gareeb Nawaaz (R.A) at Dargah Sharif.
Diligent Care and Time-Honored Traditions at Astana Gareeb Nawaz
At Astana Moin-al-Din-Chishti, the commitment to punctuality in opening and closing the sacred premises has been upheld since time immemorial. This dedication to maintaining a strict schedule is a testament to the reverence and discipline embedded in the tradition.
Preserving the Sacred Timing
The practice of opening and closing the hallowed gates of Astana e Aqdas is observed with unwavering precision. This punctuality is a cherished heritage, a reminder of the deep respect and devotion for the sanctuary of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
Tending to the Holy Shrine
Every day, the Khuddam meticulously cleanse and adorn the revered shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (R.A). With utmost respect and devotion, they ensure that the sacred space is immaculately maintained. This includes cleaning the premises, changing the blessed covering, replacing flowers, and offering fresh blooms.
An Exclusive Duty
It is vital to emphasize that only the Khuddam e Khwaja Sahab have the privilege and responsibility to perform these sacred tasks. Their devotion is a testament to their unique bond with the shrine and its esteemed visitors.
Welcoming the Pilgrims
One of their most important duties is to facilitate the pilgrims' visit to the holy shrine. They graciously accept offerings such as chaddar, flowers, sandalwood, and fragrances, presenting them with the utmost respect. It is a gesture that acknowledges the deep faith and devotion of the visitors.
Prayers for All
The Khuddam e Khwaja Sahab also offer prayers for the well-being, both in this world and the hereafter, of all those who come to seek solace and blessings at the shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Garib Nawaz.
Bawaqt rukhsati aqeedat manda'an ko tabarukaat dena , dastaare fazilat bandhna, mureed karna aur unhe silsila e aalia chishtiya ki muqqadas talimat se aagah karna.
Urs mubarak ke doraan bhi mazare aqdas ki khidmat karna aur ittar ark kewda gulab se gusal dena.
zayireen ko mojudgi aur gair mojudgi mai unke nazro niyaz pesh karna aur hamesha unke liye dua karna.
Saal bhar niyaz aur langar karna saal ke 365 din sayed khuddam's hazrat aastane aqdas ki khidmat karte hai saal ke 365 din darwaza kholna bandh karna , saari rasumat ko 12 mahine anajm dena ye imtiyaz sirf aur sirf Syed khuddam hazrat ka hai.
Every winter, Mere Khwaja Foundation provides the needy and deprived with blankets, warm clothing and other necessary items of clothing in order to help them stay warm in some of the harshest winters in the area.
Syed Fakhar Nawaz Chishty
Gaddi Nashin Dargah Sharif
Kaleed Bardar ( Hereditary Kaleed Bardar)