Sufis of Paithan

1-Shaha Moiz ud Din Maulana Sahab (Paithan):
He was the disciple of Shaha Muntjab ud Din Zar Zari Zar Baksh
Chishti. Shaha Moiz ud Din Maulana come to Paithan by his Shaykh’s
order and spread Chishtiya silsila there. Muslim weavers were devotees of
Shaha Moiz ud Din Maulana at Paithan.

2-Hazrat Sayyad Nizamud Din Chishti (Paithan):
He was originally from Sistan of Iran. He migrated to Daulatabad
later. He received Khilafat or successor ship form Khwaja Rukn ud Din
Ahmadabad, Gujarat. Nizam ud din came in the 8th century AH, and
Burhan ud din gave him a turr or crest for his turban, and the title of “
Saidus Sadat” or ” chief of chiefs.” He left Daulatabad for Paithan, and on
his way, he erected a mosque and dome. Saiad Sadat performed a chilla or
fast for 40 days within the dome, and after his death a cenotaph was raised
to his memory. The patelship of the village of Bhirkan which he populated
was for a long time in the hands of Saiads, whose tombs are scattered over
the kasba and pet, and are objects of veneration to the inhabitants. He
peopled the eastern portion of the town and died in AH. 792. On the Urus
day, the spire of the dome over his tomb is adorned by the Mainars or
builders of Paithan with a turra or tuft, at the ceremony called ” turra
churhana,” to commemorate the crested turban which Saiad Sadat wore.
The Mainars, the Dhanday Momins, and the descendants of the Moghals
and Persians who settled about Paithan in the time of Aurangzeb, are
among the “khadims” of Saiad Sahib. A date stick, and a “kutchkoal” or
beggar’s bowl which belonged to the saint, are carefully preserved in the
darga. Newly married persons perambulate the tomb three times, and place
offerings of food in the beggar’s bowl.

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