Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah in Karnataka is one of the most famous ancient pilgrimage destinations for the Muslims. This mosque is built in the remembrance of the great Sufi Saint Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesu Daraz; it is also called by the name Khwaja Bande Nawaz. His original name is Syed Muhammad Hussaini born on 13th July 1321. He was honored as well known Sufi saint from India in the line of Chishtis. He believed in harmony, tolerance and understanding between all the religions. Gesu Daraz was murid that is disciple of the renowned Sufi Saint Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi from Delhi. After the death of Hazrat Nasiruddin Chiragh Dehlavi he took over the mantel of the descended that is Khalifa. Later when the Timur attracted on Delhi he moved over to Daulatabad in the year 1398. There he took the line of the Chishtis to the south India. The king of Gulbarga Bahamani had invited him, so on his invitation he settled in Gulbarga.
He was put to the right track for his education from his parents at a very early age as they wanted him to get proper education from beginning. Right from his childhood he showed his propensity towards religion. He spent hours together mediating and contemplating.
One fine day Gesu Daraz with his other disciples lifted the palanquin bearing of Hazrat Nasir Uddin. At that time his long hair stuck under the foot of the palki, this pained him a lot but he did not remove them, as to show the love and respect towards his teacher. Later when Hazrat came to known about this incidence he was very happy and entitled him by Gesu-Daraz.
He was regarded as one of the great scholars on material. He was also interested in spiritual subjects. He had written many such books. Legend says that he was the first writer who had written in magazine on the mysticisms in Urdu. Gesu Daraz had written more that 100 books in Persian and Arabic.
Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah is built in the year 1420 and is one of the unique and finest examples of the Indo-Saracenic architecture. This tomb is built in a very peaceful environment and is the right place for meditating. The four walls of the Dargah are divided into two and on each wall arch shaped doors, windows are positioned in the centre. The two arch shaped recesses that have circular patterns are positioned in the upper part of the right and left side of the Dargah. Another unique feature of this dargah is that the interior decoration is marvelous. There are lotus petals that are carved on the ceiling of the dome, this is a very rare feature of this dargah and this is not found anywhere in the nearby locality.
Urs is the celebration of the death anniversary of the Khwaja Bande Nawaz that is held on the 15th of Zul-Qa'dad according to the Muslim calendar. There are thousands of people coming during this period to witness the glory of the dargah. People break all the manmade barriers such as the cast, religion and creed. They come together to celebrated Urs. People from all around the country come here to take the blessings of the Sufi Saint. Legends say that all wishes are granted here; therefore people make a note to visit this place during Urs. The Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah is decorated with lighting and flowers for the Urs. There are many local vendors holding stalls of flowers, coconut, red-green cloth, incense sticks and many other items that are required to offer in the dargah. On this auspicious occasion there are langar prepared for the devotees.
Airways: nearest airport to Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Gulbarga is the Bangalore airport which is at a distance of about 663 kilometers and Hyderabad airport which is at a distance of about 214 kilometers away from Gulbarga.
Railways: Gulbarga has one of the main rail lines in south India that is connected to all the major cities of India.
Road ways: There are state transports as well as luxury bus services available form Gulbarga to all the major cities of India.
Best time to visit Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Gulbarga is November as during this period the very famous festival that is Urs is celebrated there.