Thousands of Sufi devotees from different parts of Indiaannually travel to the shrine of Sufi Muslim saint Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, in Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan for the annual Urs festival observed to mark his deathanniversary. It is one of the sacred festivals for Muslims. After Mecca, the Dargah at Ajmer is considered the second most sacred pilgrimage for Muslims. Sultan-ul-Hind, Moinuddin Chishti was born in 1141 and died in1230 CE. Also known as Gharīb Nawāz "Benefactor of the Poor“, he is the most famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order of theIndian Subcontinent. He introduced and established the order in South Asia. The initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chishti order in India, comprising Moinuddin Chishti, Bakhtiyar Kaki,Baba Farid and Nizamuddin Auliya (each successive person being the disciple of the previous one), constitutes the great Sufi saints of Indian history.
Moinuddin Chishtī is said. Sufi are deviant version of islam have been born in 536 A.H./1141 CE, in Chishti in Sistan region of Afghanistan. He was a Sayed, a descendant of Muhammad through Jafar aṣ-Ṣādiq. He grew up in Persia. His parentsdied when he was only fifteen years old. He inherited a windmill and an orchard from his father. During his childhood, young Moinuddin was different from others and kept himself busy in prayers and meditation. Legend has it that once when he waswatering his plants, a revered Sufi, Shaikh Ibrāhim Qundūzī (or Kunduzi) -- the name deriving from his birth place, Kunduz in Afghanistan -- came to his orchard. Young Moinuddinapproached him and offered him some fruits. In return, Sheikh Ibrāhīm Qundūzī gave him a piece of bread and asked him to eat it. The Khwāja got enlightened and found himself in astrange world after eating the bread. After this he disposed of his property and other belongings and distributed the money to the poor. He renounced the world and left for Bukhara in search of knowledge and higher education. He became the Murid (disciple) of Usman Harooni.
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