Sufi Syed Waris Ali Shah Dargah

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Dargah Name: Sufi Syed Waris Ali Shah Dargah
Other Titles: Sarkar Waris Pak, Waris Baba, Dewa Sharif
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Resting Place: Lucknow, U.P.
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About Dargah: Tomb of Haji Waris Ali Shah in Deva, Lucknow (India) is a symbol of universal love and brotherhood. Prayers made at the holy shrine of Syed Haji Waris Ali Shah (Dewa Sharif) in Lucknow, have always been accepted and the believer is blessed with happiness and peace.

A Sufi saint from Dewa, district Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, was the successor to the Qadriyya -Razzakiyya Silsila. He was born during the year 1809. His parents died when he was three years old and he was brought up by his grandmother.

A number of Hindus held him in high esteem and always regarded him as a perfect Sufi. Thousands of Hindus, including Sadhus and Fakirs of different Panthas paid homage to him and expressed respect to his order. He always said that we all are same and always asked people of other religions to follow it with greater zeal and sincerity.

He was popular both with the well educated people and with the people of the old generations. People from all sections of society always visited him and sat at his feet. He was the first Sufi to have traveled Europe. It is said that a Spanish Noble Count Galaraza, who was an earnest soul, hankering for truth, came all the way from Spain to visit him and had an interview with him at Dewa.

Haji Waris Ali Shah left for his heavenly abode on 7th April, 1905 after a brief illness. He was buried at the spot where he died and this location is marked by a monument. The tomb of Hazi Waris Ali Shah is now a place famous for communal amity. The monument is constructed on the styles of architecture that blends the Hindu-Iranian art. The tomb and the shrines are somewhat indicative of the Hindu style of architecture, while the towers and minarets present the Persian architecture.

During the months of October and November the Deva Mela is held which attracts thousands of devotees.

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