Haji Waris Ali Shah or Sarkar Waris Pak
a Sufi saint from Dewa, district Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, Indiam, he was the successor to the Qadriyya -Razzakiyya Silsila. He was born sometime during the year 1809. His parents died when he was three years old and he was brought up by his grandmother.
A number of Hindus held him in high esteem and always regarded him as a perfect Sufi. Thousands of Hindus, including Sadhus and Fakirs of different Panthas paid homage to him and expressed respect to his order. He always said that we all are same and always asked people of other religions to follow it with greater zeal and sincerity.
He was popular both with the well educated people and with the people of the old generations. People from all sections of society always visited him and sat at his feet. He was the first Sufi to have traveled Europe. It is said that a Spanish Noble Count Galaraza, who was an earnest soul, hankering for truth, came all the way from Spain to visit him and had an interview with him at Dewa.
Haji Waris Ali Shah left for his heavenly abode on 7th April, 1905 after a brief illness. He was buried at the spot where he died and this location is marked by a monument. The tomb of Hazi Waris Ali Shah is now a place famous for communal amity. The monument is constructed on a styles of architecture that blends the Hindu-Iranian art . The tomb, the shrines are somewhat indicative of the Hindu style of architecture while the towers and minarets present the Persian architecture.
A famous quote by him : Love is positively monotheism and monotheism is positively love.
Teachings : Jo Rab hai, wahi Ram hai
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here if available. During stay, food is also provided.About The Shrine :
It is situated at around 39 Kms. from Lucknow. Deva is the birth place of Haji Waris Ali Shah who influenced the lives of many generations of people with his message of universal love for humanity.
Hindus held him in high esteem and regarded him as a perfect Sufi and a follower of Vedanta. The splendid monument was erected in his memory by some of his devoted followers, both Hindus and Muslim. It is said that Raja Udit Narain Singh of Ram Ngar donated the silver-plated spire and the most attractive covering of sliver on Shrines doors was done by some kings of Kashmir. Flooring of the Shrine in white marble was done by Thakur Pancham Singh of Mainpuri.
Dewa Mela is one of the most popular and big gatherings in the city of Barabanki (36 kms. from Lucknow) each year. Even though the Urs of Haji saahab is commemorated on 1st Safar every year, Dewa mela is organized during the month of October of each year.
What is Dewa Mela: It is held every year in the month of October to recall the teachings of Sufi Said Haji Waris Ali Shah and to inculcate feelings of communal harmony. The fair is attended by a large number of people of all religion not only from India but also from Pakistan and other countries. During the Mela, whole area shines with the stunning decoration and lightning. Mushaira, Qavali, Poetry reading and religious debates are some of the activities where devotees can enjoy. Major attraction of the Fair is varieties of shops, Food shops, cattle market.Last year banks also participated in the Mela.