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Hazrath Khwaja Bandanawaz Gesudaraz(Rh)
Born on the 13th of July 1321 / 4th ::
Passed away on the 1st of November 1422 / 16th Dhu al-Qadah 825

Hazrath Khwaja Bande Nawaz Khwaja Bande Nawaz was a famous Sufi Saint from India who advocated understanding, tolerance and harmony among various religious groups. Khwaja Bande Nawaz was born in Delhi in 1321. At the age of 4, his family shifted to Daulatabad in Maharashtra. In 1397, he went to Gulbarga, Karnataka at the invitation of Sultan Feroz Shah Bahmani. Bande Nawaz authored about 130 books in Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages.

Although he is popularly known as Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesu Daraz, his real name was Syed Mohammed Hussaini. At the age of 15, he returned to Delhi and stayed for his education and training by the famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Chirag Dehli, who bestowed him with his Khilafath and succession after about fifteen years.

He was also a very enthusiastic student of Hazrat Kethli, Hazrat Tajuddin Bahadur and Qazi Abdul Muqtadir. After teaching at various places such as Delhi, Mewath, Gwalior, Bhander, Aircha, Chatra, Chanderi, Miandhar, Baroda and Khambayat, he returned to teach at his base, Gulbarga, in 1397 and died in the year 1422. His Arabic

language Tafseer of five Koranic sections (Juz) and explanations in margins are well preserved. Other books authored are: "Avarif-al-Mavarif", "Fasoos-al-Hukm","Qaseeda Amali" and "Adaab-al-Mureedein".

People from various walks of life, irrespective of caste and creed, assemble even today to celebrate the urs (which takes place on the 15th day of Zikhaida of Muslim calendar conducted in his name at the famous Bande Nawaz Darga in Gulbarga every year.people from his family tree now living in layyah (punjab)and in tribal area of pakistan they are called astronai (aldozai)about 70 years ago a family member of syed muhammad ,Rasool dad khan(MLA British government)visited there and told people about his family tree. khadmeen of shrine(dargah)thoght he is here to take over the dargah they locked the gates and tried to stop him in the mean time by grace of allah all the locked broke and door was open for him he salute to DARGAH and came back It is a majestic tomb remaining in the north side of the old fort city, and is said to have been built in 1420 for a famous Sufi saint of this area named Bandeh Nawaz Gesu Daraz. However, it is said that this tomb was not actually used. The four walls are divided into two tiers, and on each wall there are arch-shaped entrances and windows at the centre and two arch-shaped niches with circular patterns at the upper part in right and left: it is a grand exterior.

Small kiosk-like architecture at the four corners of the roof surrounding dome has an interesting structure, possessing an entrance with a stair. What is more remarkable is the squinch seen inside and the double lines of lotus petals under the ceiling, and small arch-shaped niches forming a small line above the lotus petals. This unique decoration is not seen in any other buildings. (Matsuo Ara)

More information : The dargah of the enlightened Saint Hazrath Khwaja Bandanawaz Gesudaraz (Rh) lies in Gulbarga a district situated in the Deccan Plateau located in the northern Karnataka, India. The dargah encompasses of the mausoleum of a saint who taught love, amity and devotion. A saint who looked upon everyone else as equal and was never bias, where as he did not see who they were, what they wore, which language they spoke, or what beliefs they held.

His masoluem continues to send out a message of spirituality, integrity, and harmony to this day. It is a sanctuary where people from all walks of life, irrespective of religion or sect, caste or creed, come to pay homage and find peace around them and within. Today, after six hundred years, the dargah of Gesudaraz strives to maintain the atmosphere that his khanqah (monastery) was always knowned for.

Dargah : The word 'Dargah', in Persian, means a courtyard. As a technical term of Sufism, it implies a courtyard surrounding the shrine of a saint. This shrine may or may not have a dome structure over it. The dargah of Gesudaraz has a huge dome structure over it.

Like other Chishti monasteries, the khanqah (monastery) of Gesudaraz at Gulbarga is broad based. People from all backgrounds have always been welcomed and greeted with respect. Instances of the saint holding religious discussions with the yogis and brahmans are known, and his teachings had a tremendous impact on contemporary religious and social life.

He taught people to be particularly kind and affectionate towards each other. The hundreds who visit the dargah of Gesudaraz regularly on a daily basis and the hundreds of thousands who come during the Urs, meet in an atmosphere of amity and harmony, that is immaterial of the languages they speak and the rituals they perform. Driven by faith, the visitors are comforted with a solution, be it a peace of mind, cure for a sickness, or any other problem. And those who seek God, find Him here.

The dargah of Gesudaraz comprises of over 100 rooms for accomodation. These rooms are usually booked a month prior to the Urs, since people from all parts of India wish to attend this sacred event. These bookings are made through letters sent by postal mail requesting for a room and are addressed to the Sajjada Nasheen at the dargah address.

Distance:- 600 km North West of Bangalore
Bidar - 120km, Bijapur - 160km
Basavakalyan - 80km, Hyderabad-220km
By Road:- There are frequent  buses from Bangalore and Hyderabad to this city. They are 610 and 225 kms away from Gulbarga respectively.
By Air:- Hyderabad Airport is the Nearest Airport to Gulbarga City. which is 225kms  from the city.
By Rail:- Gulbarga city has  a Central Southern Railway Station.  There are  Daily trains  from Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad to this city 
Route:- There are frequent  buses from Bangalore and Hyderabad to this city. They are 610 and 225 kms away from Gulbarga respectively.
When to go:- Any time of the year except summer.
Tourist offices:- KSTDC(bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: kstdc@vsnl.in
Where to stay :- Hotel Panchami International Dr. Jawali Complex Supermarket Gulbarga - 585 103
Tel: 08472-241111 - 15
Tariff Range: Rs. 325/- to Rs. 1000/-

Hotel Pariwar No. 1-73/1, Station Road, Gulbarga - 585 102 Tel: 08472-221421 - 23
Fax: 08472-455452
Email: hotelpariwar@yahoo.com
Tariff Range: Rs. 295/- to Rs. 950/-

Hotel Aditya No. 2-224, Main Road, Opposite Public Garden, Gulbarga - 585 105 Tel: 08472-224040 - 44 Fax: 08472-435661
Tariff Range: Rs. 325/- to Rs. 825/-+Tax

Hotel Santosh Bilgundi Garden, University Road,
Gulbarga - 585 105 Tel: 08472-247991 Fax: 08472-447991 Tariff Range: Rs. 275/- to Rs. 731/-

Hotel Raja Rajeshwari MSK Mill Road, Vasantha Nagar, Gulbarga - 585 102 Tel: 08472-225881, 222088, 432393, 456335 Tariff Range: Rs. 230/- to
Rs. 700/-+Tax

Hotel Southern Star S-B Temple Road,
Supermarket, Gulbarga - 55 101 Tel: 08472-224093 Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 600/-

Mohan Lodge MSK Mill Road, Gulbarga - 585 102
Tel: 08472-20294, 221184 Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 400/-

Hotel Prashanth Opposite Railway Station,
Gulbarga - 585 101 Tel: 08472-221681, 420616,
422351, 52 Tariff Range: Rs. 120/- to Rs. 350/-

Hotel Shri Nagarjun Old Jewargi Road, Gulbarga - 585 102 Tel: 08472-222855, 228181 - 84
Tariff Range: Rs. 218/- to Rs.285/

Uday Lodge Station Bazar, Thimmapuri Circle,
Gulbarga - 585 102 Tel: 08472-220009, 223046
Tariff Range: Rs. 200/- to Rs. 260/-

Hotel Sanman Behind New Vadiraj Bhavan, Main Road, Gulbarga - 585 101 Tel: 08472-222801, 223940, 41 Tariff Range: Rs. 260/- +Tax

Hotel Surya Santhosh Complex, Opposite Santhosh Talkies, MSK Mill Road, Gulbarga - 585 103 Tel: 08472-223546, 225595
Tariff Range: Rs. 170/- to Rs. 200/-

New Vadiraj Bhavan Lodge Main Road, Gazipur,
Near Supermarket, Gulbarga - 585 101 Tel: 08472-420526 Tariff Range: Rs. 150/-

 
 
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