chapter  XIII
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RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS AND APPLIANCES FOR WORSHIP

If materials for cooking are not procurable, sweetmeats are distributed. The guardian of the Dargali is appointed from among those best qualified by piety and zeal, by a committee of the Makanwala (makan, 'a place, station') or resident Faqirs and their Murids or disciples. In the days of Tipii Sultan (A.D. 1782-99) the superintendent used to receive a rupee for every mast of a ship entering the harbour of Mangalore, a right which has been abolished since the British occupation. The second Dargah at Mangalore is that of Loh Langar Shah, ' he of the iron anchor ', visited both by Musalmans and Hindus, by those who wish to be freed from disease or misfortune. Lamps are lighted there every night, food is distributed, and dancing-girls entertain the visitors. The shrine is a large long tomb with minarets at each end. Rich people visit it on any night in the year, the poor every Monday and Thursday, or once a week or month. There are many famous Dargahs and tombs in the Deccan and northern India, of which the following are some examples. In the United Provinces at Ajodhya are the reputed tombs of Noah, Seth, and Job, that of Shah Qasim Sulaimani at Chunar, of Shaikh Salim Chishti at Fathpur Sikri, of Kabir at Maghar, In Rajputana, at Ajmer, is that of Muinu-d-din Chishti. In the Panjab are those of Shaikh Nizamu-d-din Auliya in Old Delhi, Babawali Kandhari at Hasan Abdal, Bu 'Ali Qalandar at Karnal, and several of great repute at Uchh in the Bahawalpur State. In the Central Provinces is that of Khwaja Shaikh Farid at Girar, and in southern India that of Baba Budan at Attigundi in Mysore.