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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Dargahs that pre-date Pune, as you know it

The dargahs were built in memory of Islamic followers Sheikh Salahuddin Gazi Chishti and Sayyed Hisamuddin Kattal Zanjani

pune Updated: Jul 06, 2017 15:58 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
The Thorla dargah is surrounded by modern buildings in Kumbharwada.
The Thorla dargah is surrounded by modern buildings in Kumbharwada.(HT Photo)

The history of city’s two dargahs dates back to several centuries. It was the time when the city had not got its name yet.

The whole of Maharashtra was under the regime of Mohammad Tughlaq and in 1338 he shifted his capital to Devgiri and named it Islamabad. Then, he decided to launch an attack on Kondhana fort (now known as Sinhagad), and for that purpose, he seized Pune area.

After capturing the fort, Tughlaq appointed his trusted commander Bariya Arab as the in-charge of the area. Arab built a fort in Chakan and later he started constructing fortification around Pune area.

It was a time, when the population of the area started increasing and it was named as Kasabe Pune, meaning small area named Pune.

The development attracted several visitors and among them was Sheikh Salahuddin Gazi Chishti aka Sheikh Sallah. He came to Pune from Delhi to spread Islamic ideology with his 700 followers. He was son of Ghour king Sheikh Abdullah. He resided in Pune for several years and died in 1358. His followers built a dargah in his memory.

Later another Islamic follower Sayyed Hisamuddin Kattal Zanjani, who was in Pune for a similar task died in Pune in 1390 and a dargah was established in his memory. To avoid confusion, people started calling them Thorla (senior) Sheikh Sallah and Dhakta (junior) Sheikh Sallah dargah.

This Thorla dargah is now surrounded by modern buildings in Kumbharwada. A narrow path leads to the dargah, which is well-maintained even today. The Dhakta dargah is next to Shaniwarwada, adjacent to Dengle bridge.

First Published: Jul 06, 2017 15:35 IST

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