Moinuddin Chishti, Dargah Ajmer Sharif 

Ajmer, Rajasthan

As sufi shrines are one of the most visited and revered places in India, and if it belongs to the forbearer of Sufism in India than the amount of people seeking blessings will definitely be difficult to accommodate.

 

Dargah Ajmer Sharif is receiving huge amount of pilgrim daily resulting in continuous additions and alterations inside the complex making it difficult to mark out the time period of various added structures. In future there will be new demands and new structures again will pop up.

 

The conservation approach here is to accommodate such structures with heritage character and to enhance the existing structures. An architectural vocabulary to be formed and followed.

Shahjani Gate, Dargah Ajmer Sharif 

Ajmer, Rajasthan

The gateway was believed to be built in 1637 AD by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan along with an enclosure wall, to mark the expansion of the Dargah Complex beyond the Buland Darwaza. But due to heavy tourist and pilgrim flow it has become a major cause of bottleneck while entering the complex.

 

So to cater that, widening proposals have been made and additional openings on both sides of the gate have been identified which were earlier covered with jaali on the enclosure wall. Layers of enamel and distemper paint have been added thus hiding the details and carving on its surface. New interiors and ambience have been proposed for Naubat Khana on its first floor.

Buland Darwaza, Dargah Ajmer Sharif 

Ajmer, Rajasthan

Built by Sultan Mahmud Khilji of Mandu, in 1455, after he captured Ajmer. This Gateway marked the first enclosure of the Dargah complex before the Shahjahani Gate and Nizam Gateway, and is the biggest structure in the complex. Over the time layers of paint and distemper have been added on the gate thus hiding the details and carving on it. 

Facade Improvement, Dargah Ajmer Sharif 

Ajmer, Rajasthan

Over the time, with increase in population of  khadims, new structures have been added and old structures heavily altered due to which the historic facade’s and details inside the dargah complex have been lost or overtaken by ugly modern day interiors and structural interventions.

 

Facade improvement proposals have been prepared to restore the historic look and feel of the complex.

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