Darbar Sarriya Shareef
Darbar Sarriya Shareef

History of Darbar Sarriya Shareef

Darbar Sarriya Shareef is one of the most prominent Sufi shrines in Pakistan, located in the city of Rawalpindi. It is the shrine of Pir Syed Ghulam Haidar Shah, a Sufi saint who migrated from Balochistan to Rawalpindi in the late 19th century. Pir Syed Ghulam Haidar Shah was a descendent of Hazrat Ali Hajveri, also known as Data Ganj Bakhsh.

The shrine complex of Darbar Sarriya Shareef was built in 1930 andcovers an area of 52 kanals. It has a marble courtyard, a mosque, a library, and lodging facilities for visitors. The main attractions of the shrine are the tombs of Pir Syed Ghulam Haidar Shah, his son Pir Syed Ghulam Muhammad Shah, and his grandson Pir Syed Muhammad Amin Shah. The tombs are decorated with mirror work and exquisite wood carvings.

Thousands of devotees, belonging to all sects and ethnic groups, visit the shrine daily to pay their respects and seek spiritual guidance. The shrine is particularly crowded on Thursday nights and annual Ur’s celebrations. Qawwali and Sufi music sessions are held on these occasions. Free langar (food) is served to visitor’s day and night throughout the year.

The shrine complex also has a separate area for women visitors. There is a mosque within the premises where five-time prayers and Friday prayers are regularly offered. The mosque has a capacity of around 5000 worshippers.

The shrine is located on Karal Road in the suburbs of Rawalpindi city. It can be accessed easily through public transport as a large number of buses and vans ply between Rawalpindi city center and Karal village, passing through Darbar Sarriya Shareef. The shrine is about 30 minutes’ drive from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad and Rawalpindi Railway Station.

In short, Darbar Sarriya Shareef is the shrine of Sufi saint Pir Syed Ghulam Haidar Shah. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine every day to pay homage. The shrine offers free food and accommodation to visitors. It is located on Karal Road, in the suburbs of Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.

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