Monday, November 10, 2008

A Sense of Peace

By Swahilya, "Many faiths come here for prayer" - Express Buzz - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Thursday, November 6, 2008

In the silence that pervades the place energised by the fragrance of incense and flowers, the holy Dua will be chanted with open palms seeking mercy and blessings in the Islamic style.

In the same place, during Navaratri, this will be followed by the worship of Ma Durga, Sri Rama during several Hindu celebrations, Lord Shiva and other gods. In a truly global concept of religion, the Sufi Dar has people of all faiths and religions coming together to pray as there is something in it for all.

At a time when we talk of cultivating harmony in the face of terrorism, violence and hatred among religions, the Sufi Dar stands a testimony to tell people how unity is indeed a possibility.
Founded by Dada Rattanchand, the Sufi Dar has an image of Shahenshah Baba Nebhraj Sahib of Sindh, the inspiration behind it all.

Besides all religious festivals, the birth anniversary of Shahenshah Baba Nebhraj is celebrated as a Maha Yagnya. Dada Rattanchand also leads the Arati after the Dua and frequent programmes of bhajans and soulful music are organised at the central hall of Sufidar. Prasad or offerings are also distributed to the devotees.

Built of white marble, there is a sense of peace and a divine silence that pervades the Sufi Dar. The disciples and devotees of Shahenshah Baba regard this place as a pilgrimage.

Dada Rattanchand came to Chennai in 1961 and established a small temple at 235 Walltax Road, dedicated to Shahensha Baba. As the congregation of people grew, he shifted the temple to its present site at 5, 9th Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore.

There is a separate room for meditation dedicated to Peeran-de-Peer Data Dastagir Badshah of Baghdad, known among the Sindhis as Yaari Wara Peer. His portraits, as well as the portraits of other Sufi saints, their Dargahs and Mahzars sanctify the place. Havan [purifying ritual] is performed during Navaratri days at the spacious meditation hall.

All days sacred to the memory of prophets of various religions around the world are celebrated at the Sufi Dar.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I have been to the room at Sufi-dar with the picture od data dastagir Badshah and the energy portal there is astounding!
I plan to go there again.
I was inspired and deeply touched and I will love Data Dastagir Badshah forever for the beloved energy he sends to me. Rebecca Marina

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Sense of Peace
By Swahilya, "Many faiths come here for prayer" - Express Buzz - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Thursday, November 6, 2008

In the silence that pervades the place energised by the fragrance of incense and flowers, the holy Dua will be chanted with open palms seeking mercy and blessings in the Islamic style.

In the same place, during Navaratri, this will be followed by the worship of Ma Durga, Sri Rama during several Hindu celebrations, Lord Shiva and other gods. In a truly global concept of religion, the Sufi Dar has people of all faiths and religions coming together to pray as there is something in it for all.

At a time when we talk of cultivating harmony in the face of terrorism, violence and hatred among religions, the Sufi Dar stands a testimony to tell people how unity is indeed a possibility.
Founded by Dada Rattanchand, the Sufi Dar has an image of Shahenshah Baba Nebhraj Sahib of Sindh, the inspiration behind it all.

Besides all religious festivals, the birth anniversary of Shahenshah Baba Nebhraj is celebrated as a Maha Yagnya. Dada Rattanchand also leads the Arati after the Dua and frequent programmes of bhajans and soulful music are organised at the central hall of Sufidar. Prasad or offerings are also distributed to the devotees.

Built of white marble, there is a sense of peace and a divine silence that pervades the Sufi Dar. The disciples and devotees of Shahenshah Baba regard this place as a pilgrimage.

Dada Rattanchand came to Chennai in 1961 and established a small temple at 235 Walltax Road, dedicated to Shahensha Baba. As the congregation of people grew, he shifted the temple to its present site at 5, 9th Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore.

There is a separate room for meditation dedicated to Peeran-de-Peer Data Dastagir Badshah of Baghdad, known among the Sindhis as Yaari Wara Peer. His portraits, as well as the portraits of other Sufi saints, their Dargahs and Mahzars sanctify the place. Havan [purifying ritual] is performed during Navaratri days at the spacious meditation hall.

All days sacred to the memory of prophets of various religions around the world are celebrated at the Sufi Dar.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I have been to the room at Sufi-dar with the picture od data dastagir Badshah and the energy portal there is astounding!
I plan to go there again.
I was inspired and deeply touched and I will love Data Dastagir Badshah forever for the beloved energy he sends to me. Rebecca Marina