25 famous Muslim Sufi shrines in Uttar Pradesh


A list of famous Muslim shrines in Uttar Pradesh, India


Agra has the distinction of being home to three World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort, Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri.

Jama Masjid near Agra Fort railway station was built in about 1648 AD, by Jahanara begum, (near Agra fort) is of special importance due to assimilation of Persian architectural elements.

The Agra Fort in Agra has three mosques within its premises: Nagina masjid, Moti masjid and Meena masjid.

Moti Masjid at Agra Fort, Agra

Moti Masjid at Agra Fort, Agra

Hazoor Syedna Ameer Abu-al-Ala’s mazar at Agra

Fatehpur Sikri

Sufi saint Salim Chishti’s dargah is at Fatehpur Sikri. The saint died in the year 1572 AD. The shrine was rebuilt in marble by Jahangir (1580-81). The portico of the tomb, its ornamental columns, serpentine brackets and latticed screens are superb.

Sufi saint Salim Chishti’s tomb  at Fatehpur Sikri

Jama Masjid is the first, largest and highest building at Sikri. It is approached by Badshahi Darwaza in the east. The prayer chamber is splendidly painted. The southern gate – Buland Darwaza was built in the year 1575 AD.

Jama masjid at Fatehpur Sikri

Jama masjid at World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh


Atala masjid at Jaunpur represents the earliest and finest example of Sharquie architecture and conforms to the general plan of the orthodox mosque. Its construction started in the year 1377 but was completed only in 1408, during the rule of Ibrahim Sharquie.

Atala Masjid at Jaunpur

Jama masjid at Jaunpur is the biggest mosque of Jaunpur. It was built by Hussain Shah in 1458-78. The double storeyed vernada on the mosque exteriors was used by merchants.

Jama masjid at Jaunpur

Jama masjid at Jaunpur

Lal Darwaza Masjid Jaunpur (built around 1450 AD.) by Bibi Raji, queen of Mahmud Shah.


Jhansi has Jeevan Shah ki mazaar.


Kannauj has Rauza Balapir / Rauza Mehandi.

Kichhauchha Sharif

Kichhauchha Sharif: 92 km from Ayodhya is the dargah of Sufi saint Saiyad Makhdum Shah Jahangir Asharfi.


Asafi mosque in the Asafi Imambara premises at Lucknow

Bara imambara in Lucknow built by Nawab Asif Ud Daulah

Asafi Imambara, Bara Imambara, Lucknow

Hussainabad Imambara

Shah Najaf Imambara

Deva Sharif: 25 km from Lucknow, 13 km from Barabanki, the small town of Dewa is famous pilgrim centre being the seat of universal brotherhood propagated by Haji Waris Ali Shah, who commanded mystical powers and is revered by members of all communities. His father Qurban Ali Shah too was a Sufi saint. The fine monument was built by devotees of Haji Waris Ali Shah in 1905. People from far and wide come to pay tribute round the year.

Fair: Urs in Oct-Nov for Qurban Ali. Urs in August for Haji Waris Ali Shah. The Urs fair features cultural, & sports events and a big cattle fair.

Garh Mukteshwar

Jama masjid at Garh Mukteshwar, an ancient mosque built in 1283AD by Ghayasuddin Balban.


Kabir’s mazar/samadhi: Magahar is 78 km from Kausambhi. Kabir breathed his last here. His mazaar and samadhi stand side by side. A festival is held here on Makar Sankranti 14 January.


Mahoba: A shrine of Pir Mubarak Shah, a Muslim Sufi saint who came from Arabia in 1252 AD is near Maniya Dev temple, a tutelary deity of Chandelas near bank of Madan Sagar.


Shahi Idgah mosque: Mathura. Built in 1661 by Abn Un Nabi khan.


Gyanvapi mosque was built by Aurangzeb near the present Vishwanath temple at Varanasi/Kashi.

Alamgir mosque at Varanasi is an amalgamation of Hindu-Muslim religious sentiments, is also known as ‘Beni Madhav ka Dharehara’. The entire lower portion of the mosque is retained as a Hindu temple.


Kantit Sharif in Vindhyachal is the dargah of Ismail Chishti, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s nephew. Muslims unable to reach Ajmer, come here from all over UP, MP and Bihar. Fair, an Urs on 6,7 and 8th day of Muslim Rajab month.Hundreds of petromax lamps, bangles, jyotish, nan khatai, circus, etc.

Dargah Sharif: In Vindhyachal on the banks of the Ganga is the dargah of Sufi saint Baba Quasim Suleman, built in the Mughal style of architecture. There is a mosque in the premises.

Hazrat Baba Quasim Suleman’s tomb at Vindhyachal

Hazrat Baba Quasim Suleman's tomb at Vindhyachal

NB: If you know of any other Muslim shrine that you think should be in this list, please send your suggestion to editor@anandway.com

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