Sarkhej was known for the center of Sufi culture and home of Sufi Saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh. On his suggestion, King Ahmed Shah decided to establish the city called now Ahmedabad situated few miles away from city of Sarkhej. A walk across the corridors of Sarkhej will relive you the period when the Ahmedabad was taking birth. Although there are several rozas in Gujarat, the Sarkhej roza is the most respected. Sarkhej was previously a famous hub of Sufi culture and home to Sufi Saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh, and King Ahmed Shah decided to create Ahmedabad on the banks of the river Sabarmati, a few kilometres away from Sarkhej. The structures at Sarkhej, like many monuments created during that era, display a confluence of Islamic, Hindu, and Jain aspects to produce a composite "Indo-Saracenic" architectural style and have been notably termed "Ahmedabad's Acropolis" by architect Le Corbusier. Let us go through the streets of Sarkhej and recall the time when Ahmedabad was still forming as a city.
Sarkhej Roza, one of the most magnificent sites of worship, attracts many tourists who come to examine its unique architecture. A significant Muslim landmark in Makarba, it delivers a sense of calm to all visitors.
For a long time, Hindus ruled the Sarkhej hamlet and were heavily involved in weaving and dying. Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh, Sultan Ahmed Shah's advisor and close friend, was a prominent sufi saint who remained here for a long period during his latter stage of life.
He is claimed to have lived till the age of 111 and died in 1445. Sultan Muhammad Shah II erected a mausoleum and mosque in honour of the Saint at this location, which was finished by his son Qutbuddin Ahmed Shah II in 1451 AD.
Beyond the tomb is the burial of Khwaja Ghiasuddin Ali Asaf Khan Qazwini, a noble and commander of the Akbar court.
Sarkhej is a very interesting complex built in 15th century by Ganj Baksh, one of the most revered sufi saint ever born in the country. This place holds special importance behind conception of Ahmedabad as city and capital of Gujarat.
The duration of the walk trip is for 2 hours.
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