Mumbai's iconic Haji Ali Dargah was constructed centuries ago in 1431 in the memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant named Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The dargah is situated on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai.
Haji Ali Dargah is a prominent tourist attraction in the city. The holy spot can be seen clearly from Haji Ali junction at any time of the day.
The dargah is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Architecture, and contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari
Throughout the year, thousands of locals and tourists flock the dargah. The causeway to the dargah cuts across a portion of the Arabian sea, making the walk to the darga one of the most beautiful aspects of the trip to the shrine.
However, the causeway is not bound by railings, and gets submerged during the high tide and heavy rains; rendering the dargah inaccessible
Perched on an islet off the coast, Haji Ali allows for spectacular vistas of the Arabian Sea on all sides. Also, the sight of Mumbai from the dargah is equally breathtaking
The 600-year-old mosque structure constantly erodes, due to saline winds. It has undergone extensive renovation during 1960 and 1964
Sometimes, especially on Fridays, various Sufi musicians perform a form of devotional music called Qawwali at the dargah. Also, 'Piya Haji Ali' song from the movie 'Fiza' was shot at this spectacular and iconic shrine in Mumbai.
As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end and Mumbai celebrates Eid al-Fitr, we take a look at some of the vintage photos of the city's iconic Haji Ali Dargah since the 'Bombay era'...
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