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Do you know these facts about Haji Ali? Haji Ali Dargah. Photo: Getty Images

One of the most popular landmarks of Mumbai, the Haji Ali Dargah at Worli is a place to which thousands flock every day. They cut across religious barriers. The Mumbai High Court, on Friday, August 26, ruled that women must be allowed entry into the inner sanctum of the shrine. We list some important facts about this complex which is a must visit if you are on a trip to Mumbai.

What is Haji Ali

Do you know these facts about Haji Ali? When the sun sets over Haji Ali. Photo: Getty Images

Haji Ali is a complex which consists of a tomb (dargah) and a mosque located on an islet off the coast of Worli, Mumbai 

History

The dargah was built in 1431 in the memory of a Muslim saint named Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. While on a trip to Mecca, he passed away and his casket miraculously floated back to this place. 

The structure

Do you know these facts about Haji Ali? Devotees at Haji Ali. Photo: Getty Images

The large main gate is etched out of pure white marble. The minarets and white domes remind you of architecture dating back to the Mughal period. The dargah complex houses the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a mosque, places for people to pray, rest and toilets. 

It is all about faith

Do you know these facts about Haji Ali? Thousands throng to Haji Ali. Photo: Getty Images

People from all walks of life and all religions visit this dargah. In addition to the daily prayers and other important days in the Islamic religion, Urs, the death anniversary of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari is observed with piety. 

Tides and Haji Ali

There is a pathway that leads from the beach on to the dargah. During high tides, the waters lash the pathway, so it is ideal that you visit this place during low tides. 

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