This is 200 year old dargah located in Dandia Bazaar area. It is a memorial to Hazrat Saiyed Fakhruddin alias Amirmiyan Rifai. The ancestors of baba belonged to Refaia silsila from Basra in Iraq. The dargah is known for its healing powers of its holy ash & water.
People believe that the Pir Baba had come from Mumbai. At the time of his coming the Maharaja Khanderao Gaekwad strongly opposed to his halting at a site right opposite to the palace. He sent his soldiers to evict the Baba, but he refused to be dislodged. The king invited him to show his powers to prove his credentials. The Baba then served a chicken dish to everybody and after that brought out the cock alive from his turban. But one of the legs of the cock was hidden by a soldier, and so it was missing. The place where the dargah is situated is a Hindu predominated locality surrounded by Kahars (fisherman caste), Gaekwads, Marathas and Vaniyas. Quite naturally majority of the devotees visiting the shrine are Hindus.
There is more crowd on Thursdays and Fridays. Many devotees offer food to the visitors as a part of nyaz — vow and offering. The urs which is held for three days on 28-29 Rabi awal is attended by thousands of devotees belonging to all castes and creed. Thousands flock at the dargah during the time of Muharram as well when the tazia is taken out.
Apart from regular prayers, many people — Hindus and Muslims pay their obeisance at the dargah before getting married. Devotees offer sweets, molasses, coconuts and flowers as offerings to the shrine.
The dargah is managed by a Trust and a khanquah — a Gadipati — the head whose post is transferred hereditarily. The present Gadipati is Allah Syed Kamduddin Majarullah Rifai Sajjade Nashin. The Gadipatis have been taking care of the dargah for the last five generations. Apart from taking care of the dargah, the Gadipati also gives advices and directions of life to the devotees. He also gives some water and ash as medicine to cure the sick. Tabiz (amulet) is also given to the needy for cure.
The most interesting part of the dargah is that Manjuben, a Hindu belonging to Mali caste sells flowers at the entrance gate every day. The trade of the Malis is going on there for the last three generations. Apart from this every year during the urs Rs. 740 is sent to the Rifai dargah by the Gaekwad princely family. This tradition is going on for generations.
During the 2002 riots some Hindu zealots from outside the locality had attacked dargah from behind portion, in which the kitchen got damaged.
Some of text has been written from Book ‘Gujarat Unknown’