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Jamat Khana (red) & Tomb of Sheik Salim Chisthi (white)

Sheik Salim Chisthi was a Sufi mystic from the nearby stone quarry town of Sikri, who gained famed not only as a religious teacher, but because he successfully prophesized the birth of King Akbar's first son. Out of gratitude, Akbar built his capital near the Sufi mystic. The tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti is one of the finest examples of marble work in India.

 

The Jamat Khana building was used as an assembly hall where the most distinguished disciples of Sheikh Salim Chishti used to pray and carried out their religious and devotional practices. All religious functions and gatherings held in this hall were organized by Sheikh Haji Hussain, who died in 1591 A.D. and was buried in the south west corner of the building. After that, the Jamat Khana was converted in to the tomb of the Sheikh’s followers. Presently there are 24 graves in the building.

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Taken on September 14, 2012