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Choti Dargah, Mausoleum of Makhdoom Shah Daulat, descendent of Hazarat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri at Maner, 1780s painting.

Hazarat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri (Urdu: حضرت مخدوم یحییٰ منیری, Hindi: हज़रत मख़्दूम यहया मनेरी) was a famous Indian Sufi saint of 13th century. His tomb lies in courtyard of a mosque, located in Maner, 29 km from Patna, Bihar, India [1].

The sacred shrine is locally known as Bari (meaning big) Dargah, while the mausoleum of his descendent, Makhdoom Shah Daulat is known as Chhoti (small) Dargah.

Makhdoom Shah Daulat died in 1608. His mausoleum was built by Ibrahim Khan Kankar, Governor of Bihar, and completed in 1616. It is still known as an excellent example of Mughal architecture [2]. Like several other shrines of Sufi saints, Hazarat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri is revered both by Muslims as well as by Hindus.

This shrine has remained a place of pilgrimage for a long time. Notable visitors include Sikandar Lodi and the Mughal emperor Babar (1520-1530).

His books Maktoobate sadi (hundred letters or century) and Maktoobate do sadi (two hundred letters or second century) are very famous Persian language collections of spiritual writings.The persian books on Islamic Theosophy titled Maktoobate sadi (hundred letters ) and Maktoobate do sadi (two hundred letters ) were written by his son Sheikh Sharfuddin Ahmed Maneri.The original manuscripts are available in the collection of Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library at Patna, Bihar India


Further reading

  • Encyclopaedia of Sufism (12 volumes edited by Masood Ali Khan and S. Ram) ISBN 8126113111

See also


  1. ^ Patna
  2. ^ Maner Sharif Bihar Tourism official website.

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