About Chanderi

The event of the son of the Prophet Mohammad’s uncle Ali’s death is commemorated with great reverence in Chanderi. Three life size Taziyahs are prepared for the ceremony namely Baadshah Ka Taziyah, Wazir Ka Taziyah and Banjari Tola.

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Urs commemorates the glory of Hazrat Wajihuddin Yusuf, a Khalifa of the great Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. In the reign of Allauddin Khilji, Hazrat Wajihuddin was ordered by Hazrat Nizamuddin to go and settle in Chanderi and work for the people there. He reached Chanderi in 1305, established his khanqah and soon gained thousands of followers.
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Ghaze Mian ka mela is a fun filled festival which takes place at the Shehzadi ka Rauza on the last weekend of the month of Jesht (May – June). Not much is known about its history and relevance or about Ghaze Mian, the man after whom it is so named; in spite of this, it is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

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Taking place in the Islamic month of Sha’ban, Shab – e – Baraut is traditionally celebrated to atone one’s sins in anticipation of the Day of Judgment. In Chanderi, it involves the whole Muslim community in the practice of commemorating the dead.

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The palette of the inhabitants of Chanderi is assorted, corresponding to their faith, caste and social standing.  Brahmans, Banias and Jains satiate their hunger by gorging on elaborately prepared vegetarian food including Daal Baati, Kheer – Poodi, Aalu subzi, Guja Papariyan and Karhi – Chawal.

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