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If one plans to visit Fatehpur Sikri, it is unlikely that she/he will give the Tomb or Dargah of Salim Chisti a miss. Shaikh Salim Chisti, a descendant of the famous Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, was a renowned Sufi Saint belonging to the Chisti Order (whose tomb lies in the town of Ajmer in Rajasthan). Salim Chisti was greatly venerated by Emperor Akbar. According to the popular legend, since Akbar was without an heir for a long time, he made a pilgrimage to the renowned Sufi saint, Sheik Salim Chisti, to seek his blessings. When a son -- later to be known as Jahangir -- was born to him, Akbar named him after the saint as a mark of his gratitude and built the new capital to mark his birth.

The tomb was initially made of red sandstone. But the tomb as it stands today sports a marble façade which was a part of the subsequent refurbishment. The tombstone that lies within is shrouded by a cloth and lies beneath a canopy of ebony, mother of pearl and brass. The mausoleum or Dargah tomb is square shaped and is encircled by a corridor graced with lattice marble screens. The exquisite craftsmanship is evident in the intricate designs of the screens in the Tomb in Fatehpur Sikri. The screens are interconnected by a series of heavily embellished marble pillars with branching brackets. The tomb has a low dome and protruding overhangs that jut out like decorative canopy.

The Tomb of Salim Chisti is visited by thousands of visitors of all religions alike seeking blessing of the revered saint & for fulfillment of their wishes.

The atmosphere around the tomb is of humbleness, reverie & peace. It’s would be the last place where one can expect a money lender to be operating in full swing....But this is India & here’s my subject - the money lender, busy counting his cash, in front of the marvelous marble jali screens. Ironical?...Yes! But I thought it was a good photo-opportunity!!

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