A Journey to the Mystical Moula Ali Dargah in Hyderabad
Moula Ali Dargah stands on the top of a hill called the Moula Ali Hill and the Darhgah is dedicated to Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.
Moula Ali Hill is located about 10 km from Secunderabad centre and the Maula Ali Dargah is a renowned pilgrimage site, identified as one of the 11 heritage sites by HUDA’s Heritage Conservation Committee. The Dargah was established during the rule of Asaf Jahi and is open four days each month to non-Muslims.
Fable behind the Moula Ali Dargah:
Yaqut, a senior eunuch in Qutb Shah’s court, is said to have had a dream in which a man in green robes appeared and identified himself as Maula Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad (husband of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed). Yaqut followed the Maula Ali up to the top of a hill, where he collapsed in front of him, with Ali’s right hand resting on a rock. Before Yaqut could utter a word, he found himself awake.
Yaqut embarked on a journey from Golconda in search of the sacred hill and eventually stumbled upon it, where he found a mark of Maula Ali’s handprint carved in stone. This symbol was then cut out of the rock and placed in a huge arch constructed at the spot.
The route to the dargah is rocky and uneven. To make it easier for those making the pilgrimage, 400 steps have been constructed. The Dargah offers not only a spiritual experience but also a captivating panorama of the city. The effort taken to reach the top is rewarded with a breathtaking view. The view of the city and the sunset from Moula Ali Dargah, atop the hill, can be captivating. The divine atmosphere is only heightened when you hear the chanting of the prayers during the evening and as the place becomes dark, you can see the lights slowly getting switched on throughout the city.
If you are planning a trip to Hyderabad, do take time out to visit the Moula Ali Dargah. It is definitely a memorable experience that one will never forget. And who knows your wishes might get granted.
- A climb of 450 steps is involved. So remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing
- There is another alternate route that will take you halfway to the shrine by road. So if you are not inclined to climb the steps then you better choose that route.
- Also, remember to carry water and some snacks. There is nothing available on the top of the hill and you will feel quite thirsty.
- Go either early in the morning or late in the evening. Afternoons can get pretty warm.
5:30 am – 10:00 pm on all days
Moula Ali Hill,
Telangana – 500040
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