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Darga of Hazrat of Shah Kamal Baba, Tura

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-07

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Dargah Sharif of Peer Hazrat Shah Kamal Baba stands right at the border of India and Bangladesh, alongside the Dalu - Mahendraganj - Mankachar border road in West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. It is popularly known as Pirsthan or Dargah and has been a symbol of communal harmony since long times.

There is a continuous traditional annual Urs (prayer-fair) at Dargah Sharif that has existed since the pre-partition of East Bengal and held at the Pristhan, close to Mahendraganj, West Garo Hills. People from across the state and neighbouring states gathered in hundreds in the divinity of Peer Baba to seek blessings from him at this shrine. The Pirsthan is also known for the presence of a stone believed to be of Devi Kamakhya of Mankachar, Assam. A big Kamakhya temple is situated there in Mankachar, Assam about 25 km away from the Pirsthan.

Dargah of Hazrat of Shah Kamal Baba

Dargah Sharif of Peer Hazrat Shah Kamal, Mahendraganj

Dargah Sharif of Peer Hazrat Shah Kamal is about 390 kilometers away from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya and about 75 kilometers away from district headquarters of Tura. Pirsthan is also famous because it is believed prayers here always find favorable response. This place has history of never letting its devotes go back empty handed. Dargah Shrine was built in 16th century during the rule of Raja Mahen Narayan. It is said to be constructed within one night only. The designs and structure is like Mughal architecture. At that time the shrine had no roof, but later locals made a roof to protect the place from rain.

The story behind this is during Raja Mahen Narayan’s reign a demon captured this area and threatened to kill all the mortals. Hazrat Shah Kamal Baba visited here and drove the demon away.

Earlier this area became a conflict topic between India and Bangladesh as Bangladeshi people also want to visit here without any hassle. However, now the matter is sorted and people are comfortably visiting the place. It’s a must visit place if one is coming to Mahendraganj.


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