Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. It is a prestigious landmark situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. Haji Ali Dargah is the complex housing the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.). Along with the tomb, there is also a Masjid at Haji Ali.
Legend has it that Haji Ali died on his way to Mecca and his body, in its casket, floated back to
Mumbai; However, some believe that Haji Ali drowned where the dargah stands today. The durgah was built in 1431.
Today, most of the structure is corroded and the Dargah Trust is awaiting permission from the Central
Government to raze the structure and rebuild it with Makrana marble, the same marble used to build the
Taj Mahal. It was last repaired in the 1960s, but civil engineers say the structure is beyond further
The whitewashed structure occupies an area of 4,500 metres, and 40,000 pilgrims visit the shrine on
Thursdays and Fridays. An 85 foot (26 m) tower is the architectural highlight of the edifice. Inside,
the tomb is covered by a brocaded red and green chaddar (bedsheet). It is supported by an exquisite
The main hall has marble pillars embellished with colored mirror work in blue, green,
yellow chips and inscribed with the ninety-nine names of Allah.During high tide, the connecting causeway is submerged in water giving the impression that the mosque and tomb are floating out at sea in splendid isolation.The whitewashed mosque also has a cool courtyard generally full of people and refreshment stalls. The rocks exposed during low tide at the rare end of the mosque are a favorable spot to catch some sea breeze. There’s nothing somber about the building’s courtyard, which is generally full of chattering families and refreshment stalls.
How to reach the Haji Ali mosque?
You can get off at Mahalaxmi station (western line) and take a taxi towards Haji Ali. It is not very
far and the taxi meter will show you the base charge only, which is Rs 16/- (see taxi tariff in
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