Data Darbar Shrine, Lahore. Pakistan. Watercolor Painting 22/30 inches
Accomplished Sufi master and revered intellectual Syed Ali bin Usman al- Hajvery (Hazrat Data Gang Bakhsh) settled in Lahore during 11th century. He propagated the religious, spiritual, moral and educational dimensions of Islam in South Asia. The shrine of Data Sahib is visited round the clock by the devotees from all over the country. The government embarked upon an ambitious two phase expansion plan of the shrine in 1978. The second phase began in 1997 under the direction of the prime minister is complete. The mosque is now spread over a total of 3,68,150 sq. ft. and is the third largest mosque in Pakistan It could accommodate upto 52,600 devotees.
The Shrine of Data Darbar is situated in the city of Lahore. Bilal Gunj is situated in the surroundings of it. It is one of the very famous tombs in the subcontinent. At first it was built by the Mughal King. It is the tomb of Hazrat Ali Hajweri (R.A) but its popular name is Data Darbar of Lahore. He is also known as Data Ganj Buksh. He was a great Sufi Saint who was born in the Persia a thousand years ago. An idea about his birth is in between the years 990 to 1077 A.C.He worked very hard to spread the message of Islam in this area. Kashf-al-Mahjub is his famous book which means (revealing the hidden). This book got a high level of appreciation; in this book he discussed the doctrine of the Sufi Mystics. This book is still very famous throughout the world. A modern and huge complex was built in current days for this tomb. The complex got all the new features and modern style. It is situated in the old city of Lahore and easily accessible from any part of the Lahore. The Shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir is also situated in the same city. On the annually Holy days which are called (Ors) a huge number of peoples around the Globe come here for the congregation. This festival is very famous among the foreign and local visitors. A culture and tradition presented on those days where Fakirs dancers and sacred music are performed. Qawali is most famous and important part of this event. It is great place to visit in the city of Lahore. It provides the shelters and foods to many people on the daily basis. The administration and other rich people offer these things to the poor and needy persons. This Shrine is a combination of Mughal and modern art so it will be a never forgettable experience for you. It is a must visit place of the city.