Pedda Dargah

The Ameen Peer Dargah or the pedda Dargah (literally 'big shrine'), as it is colloquially known, attracts not only devotees cutting across class and religious lines, but also celebrities. Famous musicians, actors and politicians from all over the country have sought the blessings of Khwaja Peerullah Malik, the saint buried here.Besides, the dargah's genial khadims (caretaker) patiently explain the rituals to all visitors. The annual Urs (festival) of the shrine is celebrated on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram.

Significance

Around the mausoleum of the saint, there are various tombs enclosing graves of his relatives and followers. Next to the tombs, there is a small mosque. The prasadam offered, to devotees is a tiny spoonful of ash,which one is supposed to swallow .

Unlike most dargahs in the region,its precincts are spotlessly clean. There are no bothersome demands for charity and pilgrims can pray in peace. 

History

Tradition states that the sage was born in Bidar Karnataka in the 17th century. He travelled all over the country, paying obeisance at various Sufi shrines. When he visited the famous dargah in Ajmer, he was told to move to Kadapa, where he eventually settled. Once, some people challenged him to perform a miracle. The earth split open and he disappeared within,only to appear at the same spot three days later. After his death, a shrine was built around his grave.

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How to Reach

The closest airport near this Pedda Dargah is in Kadapa. 

Kadapa is the nearest Train Station.

This Pedda Dargah is well connected by Kadapa.

Best time to visit

  1. jan

  2. feb

  3. mar

  4. apr

  5. may

  6. jun

  7. jul

  8. aug

  9. sep

  10. oct

  11. nov

  12. dec

Timings: 5.30 am - 10.00 am & 5.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Highlights

St Mary's Cathedral: Consecrated in 1992, the St Mary's Cathedral stands out amongst Kadapa's many churches.

Bhagawan Mahaveer District Archaeological Museum: Established in 1982, the museum has a modest collection of inscriptions, statues, weapons, stone tools and miniature paintings.

Pushpagiri: The Chennakesava Swamy Temple in Pushpagiri is one of the most beautiful temples in Andhra Pradesh.

Proddatur: The city of Proddatur is an important business and trading centre. While there is not much to see here.

Danavulapadu : Jainism flourished in Andhra Pradesh for more than a thousand years-roughly from 2nd century BCE to 13th century CE.

Brahmamgari Matham : The temple of Brahmamagari Matham marks the place where the 17th century seer Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swamy attained samadhi(enlightenment).

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