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Ghutiari Sharif ~ Melting pot of all Faiths

Majar of Pir Mobarak Gaji

Majar of Pir Mobarak Gaji

During the medieval period Islam started spreading roots into South Bengal. During that time South Bengal was an extension of the Sundarban and was infested with tigers, crocodiles and snakes making it one of the most inhospitable regions of the world. Several Pirs took up the initiative of spreading Islam in this inhospitable region. According to legends these Pirs possessed magical powers and communicated with the spirits of the jungle. Their special powers protected the woodcutters & honey – hunters, who ventured deep in the forest to earn a livelihood. Although followers of Islam most of this Pirs were secular in nature and were respected by people of all religion.

Pir Mobarak Gaji was one such Pir and his Majar at Ghutiari Sharif is visited by thousands of people of all faith. Popularly known as Gaji Baba Pir Mobarak Gaji, got the patronage of the Hindu king of Rajpur Raja Madan Roy. Madan Roy donated several acres of land to the Pir in Basnra region. Pir Mobarak Gaji’s grave is now located in Bansra region, near the rail head of Bansra. Bansra was renamed Ghutari Sharif in 1936 by Fazrul Haq.

Today Ghutiari Sharif is located 32 km from Kolkata on the Sealdah – Canning rail line. Just next to the station lies the Maja of the Pir and is approached by a narrow lane lined with shops selling coloured chadors (sheet of cloth) with Arabic inscriptions, aatar (perfume), beautifully calligraphy of inscription from Koran and different objects of worship.

Ghutiari Sharif, Majar

Ghutiari Sharif, Majar

Shops selling object of worship

Shops selling object of worship

Soon the white done of the Majar comes into view. The square structure housing the grave of the Pir is crowned with a dome, flanked on four corners by octagonal minars. The three stage minars are crowned with a finale and so is the dome. Both the dome and the minars are covered with floral mosaic design, giving it an elegant look. Sadly the structure is not well maintained. The mosaic has lost its luster and several portions have peeled off, in the process erasing out centuries of history.

The complex also contains a small mosque and several other religious structures and the office of Wakf board, responsible for the maintenance of the structure. But the main attraction of the complex is the circular pond called Mocca Pukur. The circular pond has four ghats, from where women make wish by dipping their palms in the water. According to legend a wish made out of the heart is bound to come true. This custom is followed by both Muslim & Hindu women.

Left: Women pray at Mecca Pukur, Right: A man reads the Koran

Left: Women pray at Mecca Pukur, Right: A man reads the Koran

According to the Bengali calender the death anniversary of Gaji Baba fall on 17 Shraban. Lakhs of all faiths are said to converge at Ghutiari Sharif on the occasion of death anniversary of the Pir. The Indian Railways runs special trains to accommodate the thousand of pilgrims who travel through the overcrowded narrow lanes to pay homage to Pir Mobark Gaji.

Reference:

  • Dakhin Chabis Pargana Jela r Purakirti by Sagar Chattopadhyay

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  1. DEBANSHU SARDAR
    March 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    jai ho baba gazi

    • March 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Thanks Mr Sardar for your comment.
      Your comment brings out the true secular nature of Baba Gazi.

  2. SURAJIT MONDAL
    August 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Today 17th Sraban Gaji baba Mela, Inviting all to come.

    • SURAJIT MONDAL
      August 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Ghutiari Sharif, Canning, South 24 Parganas

    • August 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      Thanks Mr Mondal for the invitation. Won’t be able to make it this time, but do have plans next year.

  3. August 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Nice Place..And m a big fan of you..Thanks for post this type of place🙂

  4. August 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Thanks Rohan

  5. August 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    THIS IS MY ONE OF THE BEST PLACE ,I AM HAPPY TO IN INDIA STILL HAVE THIS TYPE OF PLACE WHERE ORDINIRY PEOPLE CAN GO AND PRAY FOR HIS/HER FAMILY WITHOUT ANY DEMAND LIKE OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD..
    PLEASE GO AND VISIT THIS DARGA !!!

    • August 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Dear Samar Sen, Ghutiari Sharif is a true example of “Unity among Diversity”

  6. Hakim molla
    May 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    very good coment.hakim ,bankri-9609173643.

  7. Rupa purkait
    August 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Kichu janar hole amak fon korben 9143116067

  8. partha
    February 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    in dec 14 i visited the mazar. worth visiting much neat and clean than ajmer shariff. very sad to note that our govt has not given much importantance to this place unlike rajasthan govt to ajmer shariff. recommend govt should run a ac mail train from sealdah in the morning around 9am and return after lunch at 2pm. the road from baruipur should widened.

    • March 12, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      Thanks Oartha for sharing your experience, sites like Ghutari Sharif should be promoted by the WB Government.

  9. May 16, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Thank you for information.mai waha jaungi aur mai v khuda se ek wish mangugi.hope meei parthna khuda sun le .

    • May 30, 2016 at 9:26 PM

      Thanks Rinku for the comment, do visit Ghutari Sharif and may your wish come true.

  10. poulami das
    August 6, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    I am currently working on this particular pir cult for my m.a dissertation. Will I able to get hold of local pamphlets and texts regarding this shrine ?

    • August 8, 2016 at 1:35 PM

      Sorry, Poulami, there are no leaflets available in Ghutari Sharif

  11. bharat
    September 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I visit Gazi Pir, every thursday nite and stay there for the whole nite,
    Its a wonderful experience and Gazi showers all his blessing on us.
    Every thursday nite several devotees distribute Biryani to all poor or rich
    The Aura and the sorrundings are very calm and beautiful
    We have also come in touch with several persons who regularly visit mazar
    I have many new friends from my old and new locality and we enjoy qwallis
    organized by Khanbaba at one of the Chawk. The lead singer is Hindu bit the
    way he performs is amasing entertaining the crowd in the Name of GAZI BABA
    We all catch the First Train to Sealdha and return to our daily routine life.
    Visiting GAZI PIR is now our regular part of life. Several Others come from far
    off places every thursday Just to be with GAZI BABA.

  12. Sk Azhar Uddin
    October 22, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Thanks

  13. Tamali guha neogi
    November 3, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Ami Tamali Guha Neogi,mazar ay meyeder vetore jete dewa hoye prayer jonne..ami khub jaldi babar kachay jete chai..onaar dorsan korte chai,onnar ashirbad nitey chai..plz replay me quick..

    • November 3, 2016 at 8:36 AM

      Women are allowed inside the mazar, do visit Gazi Baba’s Dargah

  14. Tamali guha neogi.
    November 3, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Pronam Rangan Da..ami net ay porlam gazi babar mazar ay macca pukur ay fhul vasiye dile se fhul ferot elay monkamna purno hoye..jodi fhul ferot na asay tahole ki gazi baba amar monokamna puron korbe na…ami jakhn gazi babar kachay jabo amar wish niye gazi baba amke khali hath ferot to korben na eta amar biswas.plz ektu replay din

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