The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) or the monument of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari was a Sufi saint and a wealthy merchant from Uzbekistan. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai.
It is located in the middle of the Arabian Sea about 457.2 metres away from the Mumbai shoreline off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. Constructed in the year 1431, the sculptured and elegant whitewashed structure of the dargah showcases the brilliant work of Indo-Islamic style of architecture.
The Haji Ali Dargah was constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Hailing from Bukhara, in present-day Uzbekistan, Bukhari travelled around the world in the early to mid 15th century, and eventually settled in present-day Mumbai.
According to legends surrounding his life, once the saint saw a poor woman crying on the road, holding an empty vessel. He asked her what the problem was, she sobbed that her husband would thrash her as she stumbled and accidentally spilled the oil she was carrying. He asked her to take him to the spot where she spilt the oil. There, he jabbed a finger into the soil and the oil gushed out. The overjoyed woman filled up the vessel and went home.
Amazing Architecture. The structure was erected on a set of high rising rocks and was given its present-day shape in the early 19th century after the Trust was legally formed as an entity in 1916. The structure has white domes and minarets reminiscent with the Mughal architecture of the period.
Mahalaxmi Temple. Half a kilometre away from Haji Ali Dargah, the Mahalaxmi Temple is situated on Babubhai Desai Road. Experience the grandeur of the place with its magnificent architecture and powerful spiritual aura.
Nehru Planetarium. The education and entertainment centre in Worli caters to the students and knowledge seekers. The centre explores the celestial bodies & astronomy and is a perfect place to be at for space enthusiasts.
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum. The Museum is situated near Babulnath, it pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi and sheds light on various facets of his life.
Premsons Bazaar. Right from the crockery to clothing, the place is the ideal for shopaholics who finds something great that bears rate as well as quality.
Art O Gem. It is a great place for art lovers who seeks something innovative ranging from conventional to contemporary.
The Dargah is opened for all days of the week. Though, attending during Qawwali Sessions that mostly happens in evening, is absolutely the divine experience. Also, devotees prefer to visit on Thursdays and Fridays.
There are local commuting modes that drives towards Haji Ali Dargah from Mumbai Railway Station. It hardly takes 35 minutes to reach the Dargah. Also, if you reside at Mumbai, there are local railway service and bus service towards the Dargah.