Life of Maulana Ziauddin
Maulana Ziauddin was instructed to settle down at Jaipur by his spiritual mentor Maulana Fakhruddin Dehlvi. In the city he worked for the growth and development of the Chishti order and the Islam religion. To give time to his work he surrendered his service of the Nawab of Hyderabad. He submerged himself in prayers and devotion and worked whole heartedly for his philanthropic organization. He extended help and support to the needy people. His unremitting efforts helped in the expansion of the order and spread of Islam religion in Jaipur. He gave importance to community life and emphasized upon following the traditions of the Chisti. He also constructed a khanqah that was visited by several spiritual personalities.
Architecture of Khanqah of Maulana Ziauddin
The Khanqah of Maulana Ziauddin is a small complex visited by pilgrims from different places. The building has a hall where earlier the inmates lived together and shared a community life. The mosque being a small building could only encompass 50 people at a time that came here to offer their prayers. It is said that there was no biasness on the grounds of seniority or devotion. A hujrah has also been constructed where the Shaikh used to offer his devotion. The hujrah was also used like room to keep all the necessary materials to be used during prayers. The Shaikh also used it during his rule. The structure was not built completely during his reign. It was later built in parts by his devotees and disciples. The khanqah has been surrounded by a wall made of stone and lime. The wall is almost 300 meters in length and 250 meters in width.
The khanqah of Maulana Ziauddin has now been divided into two parts. The first part comprises of a mazar, graveyard, hauz, a mosque and the house of the Shaikh. The second part of the khanqah consists of few rooms, a varandah and a garden. The rooms and the varandah had been kept reserved for the visitors but presently these are usually used by faqirs. The varandah was also used as a kitchen. The grave of the Shaikh is located in the hujrah. The mazar in the khanqah comprises of two doors, one on the southern side and the on the western side. There are two rooms in the first portion of the khanqah. These were used to provide shelter to the visitors.
Maulana Ziauddin also had a house where his family lived. It was known as Makan-i Sandal. It is believed that it was built of sandalwood.
The Khanqah of Maulana Ziauddin though a small structure attracted several visitors from different corners and even today stands as a striking example of one of the imposing buildings of the Muslim period.
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