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Salim Chishti

Salim Chishti Fatehpur Sikri have inseparable relation with Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. Akbar selected this site in his honor so it would not be incorrect to say that belonging of Salim Chishti, to this place was main reason for selection of this place for Fatehpur Sikri town-ship. He was father of, one of the foster mother of prince Jahangir. During those days, Sikri was a small village. Sheikh Salim Chishti was a greatly revered Sufi Saint about whom, people have believe that he is blessed with having strong spiritual powers through which, he is able to perform miracles. People have great respect towards Salim Chishti. During those days, emperor Akbar was in worry of having son, who could be his successor. For sake of a son, he was visiting many known saints to get their blessings. In one such visit to the shrine of Hazrat Ashraf Jahangir Semnani, he received inspiration to go to see Salim Chishti. Akbar came to the holy man's camp, deep in the desert, seeking a male heir to his throne. Salim Chishti gave his blessings to Akbar and foretold about the birth of his son, who later known by the name of Jahangir. In honor of Salim Chishti, Akbar named his first son "Salim". Throughout his life, Akbar paid great regard to Saint Salim Chishti. When he was planning for his new capital, he selected the location, surrounding to Salim Chishti camp. Later Fatehpur Sikri was constructed and his Mughal Court and Courtiers were then relocated there. After death of Salim Chishti, Akbar ordered for construction of a beautiful mausoleum at its present site. Earlier it was of red sand-stone but later it was decorated with white marble stone. Its location is in middle of Emperor's courtyard. Thousands of people visit this tomb with believe that giving prayer at this mausoleum, will fulfill their wishes.

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