Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi Haideri Qalandari R.A

  • Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi Haideri Qalandari – also known as Matka Peer
  • The story behind how the saint once miraculously cured an ailing person
  • The story of how Sultan Balban tested the powers of the saint
  • The reasons behind the offerings of gram, jaggery and earthen pots to the saint
  • Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s association with the place
  • Khwaja Hasan Nizami’s and Lady Hardinge’s role in preventing the demolition of the shrine
Matka Peer Dargah is situated on the Purana Quila Road, close to gate no. 5 of Pragati Maidan
Mazaar of Sufi Saint Hazrat Sheik Abu Bakar

Came majorly from Iran (also known as Persia), these Sufi saints spread the message of Allah within the Indian sub-continent. They were highly revered by the common people and royalties alike, irrespective of their faith, perhaps because the Sufi saints preached majorly about peace.

The entrance of Matka Peer Dargah


The stairs leading up to the main mazaar at Matka Peer Dargah

Matka Peer Dargah. Situated on the Purana Quila Road in the heart of Delhi, the shrine is dedicated to Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakar and is nearly eight centuries old. The Sufi saint migrated to India from Iran in 1257 CE (655 hijri). 


The earthen pots offered by devotees whose wishes got fulfilled.

As per the belief, the Sufi saint after migrating to Delhi chose to live at this very place and started practising meditation here. One of the reasons that the shrine has a lot of positivity and one can feel as soon as you enter here. He started curing people of diseases and getting them rid of their problems with simple water kept in a silver pot. The word of his miracles spread like wildfire and people from places far and near started visiting the saint and he became famous among his devotees as Matka Peer.


After his death, the same place was converted into Matka Peer Dargah (place of worship) where people still visit with a hope their wishes will get fulfilled.