The Shah Jalal Dargah is the shrine and burial place of the 14th century Muslim saint Shah Jalal, located in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The site, known as a dargah, was originally constructed c. 1500, though many additions and alterations were made to its structures over the following centuries. It became a religious centre in the region, respected across multiple ruling administrations and greatly venerated among Bengalis, with local folklore and legends developing around it. The extensive surrounding compound serves several functions and includes four mosques, a religious school and a public cemetery among others. The Dargah is presently the largest and most visited religious site in Bangladesh.
What to see in Shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal
The shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) has a pond nearby. The pond is adorned with numerous gauzar fish. It is said that Hazrat Shahjalal (R) brought the gauzar fish when he came to Sylhet with 360 Auwalia.
Visitors rejoice when they see these fish floating in the pond and give them fish food. There’s a well by Shahjalal’s shrine.
Legend has it, Hazrat Shahjalal (r:) After learning about its spiritual power, Nizamuddin Auliya (r:) received him with great love and presented him with a pair of Surma-coloured pigeons as a sign.
That pigeon is now widely known as the Jalali Pigeon. The swarm of shrines is the one that pleases the pigeon’s comers.
To the south of the shrine is a two-foot-wide room with grilled stars. It was used as a toilet by Hazrat Shahjalal (R). It is heard in public that Hazrat Shahjalal (r) spent nearly 23 years here worshipping.
Through the Dargah Madrassa Building, on the left, mufti Nazimuddin Ahmad’s house has visitors to see various items like swords, straw, plates, bowl, etc., used by Hazrat Shahjalal (R).
The main dargah sharif of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) is a holy place; keep an eye on the dargah’s purity when you are there.
How to go from Chittagong to Sylhet
From Chittagong, buses, trains, and air can be taken to Sylhet. Paharika and Udayan Express ply 6 days a week to reach Sylhet by train from Chittagong.
How to go from Sylhet to Shahjalal Shrine
CNG, rickshaw, or autorickshaw can easily reach Sylhet railway station or Kadamatli bus stand to the shrine. The fare is usually Tk. 20-25 when you go to the rickshaw and Rs. 80-100 for CNG.
Where to stay near Shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R)
There are many traditional rest houses in Lala Bazar and Dargah Road where you can get rooms for as little as Rs 500 to Rs 1000. You can also stay in hotels like Hotel Hill Town, Gulshan, Dargah Gate, Surma, Kaikobad, etc., as per your needs and afford.
What to eat in Shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R)
Five brothers or palki restaurants in the Jindabazar area Pansi of Sylhet can eat various local food at affordable prices. Bahari food from these restaurants is one of the attractions of tourists. There are also different quality restaurants in Sylhet city, and you can eat anywhere you like.