in Nagore of Meeran Sahib Abdul Qadir Shahul Hamid Badshah(the Lord
of Andavar) is a holy place and is one of the popular pilgrimage centres for Muslims. The Dargah is located about 4km north of
Nagapattinam and is visited by people from other religions also. So
the Nagore Dargah stands as a symbol of religious harmony. The
dargah sheltered thousands of people at the time of 2004 tsunami and
buried a number of bodies of Hindus in their graveyards.
Nagore Dargah shrines are situated at three locations, Nagore,
Vanjur and Silladi. The main campus is at Nagore. Dargah is situated
in 5 acres of land surrounded by compound walls and four attractive
entrances. Infront of the western gate, there is a large tower about
131 feet tall, called 'Periya Minara'.
The golden dome building houses three tombs in three separate
chambers, inside the compound of the main campus. In the tombs lay
buried the mortal remains of Meeran Sahib, his son Syed Mohammed
Yusuf and his daughter-in-law Saeeda Sultana Biwi.
Adjacent to the golden dome building is the 'Peer Mandap' where the
'Peer of the Dargah' stays fasting for three days during festive
season of the Dargah. A mosque is located some distance away from
here where regular prayers are held. The Friday congregations in
this Mosque are massive. The second part of the dargah, the Vanjur
Shrine where Meeran Sahib reportedly stayed in meditation for 40
days inside an underground cave, is about 2 km from the main dargah.
The third campus Silladi Shrine is loacted about a km east of the
The rituals and architecture in the Nagore shrine has strong Hindu
influences. The main festival 'Kandhuri Urs' falls in the lunar
month of Jumada al-Thani.