Kabir Das Samadhi and mazaar at Maghar, Uttar Pradesh Photo journal
Maghar is beyond religions. Kabir, the 15th century enlightened master and mystic poet from Kashi, is buried here.
Maghar is beyond religions. Magahar is 78 km from Kausambhi, and not far from Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Kabir, the 15th Century mystic poet from Kashi, is buried here.
He was loved equally by Muslims and Hindus, and on his death both a mazaar (tomb) and samadhi were built by the Muslims and Hindus respectively. His mazaar and samadhi stand side by side. An annual festival is held here on Makar Sankranti 14th January.
Kabir chose Maghar above Kashi because as an enlightened soul he wanted to dispel the myth that anyone breathing his last in Magahar is born a donkey in his next life.
On the road to Maghar
Entrance to the twin monuments (mazaar and samadhi)
The room where Kabir lived in Maghar
The enlightened master, Kabir left his body in Maghar in Januanry, 1518, Magh Shukl Ekadashi according to the Hindu calendar in Vikram Samvat 1575.
A verse (Sakhi) by Kabir
"Jab mai tha tab Hari nahin‚ ab Hari hai mai nahi,
Sab andhiyara mit gaya‚ jab deepak dekhya mahi."
Meaning: When my ego was there, God realisation was missing. Now on realising God, my ego is lost. There is no darkness now that I see light.
Kabir's sakhi sung by Rahul Deshpande
Kabir's Samadhi temple
When my ego was there, God realisation was missing. Now on realising God, my ego is lost. There is no darkness now that I see light.
How to reach Magahar
Maghar is a town and a nagar panchayat in Sant Kabir Nagar district in the plains of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Maghar is located at 26°46′N 83°08′E / 26.76°N 83.13°E / 26.76; 83.13.
By Train: Maghar railway station is between Basti and Gorakhpur on the Lucknow-Gorakhpur B.G. Railway line.
By Road: A drive from Lucknow the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, to Maghar takes about 6 hours. …Starting from Lucknow, taking NH28 via Barabanki, Faizabad and Basti.
By Air: Lucknow's Amausi airport is connected by domestic and a few international flights.
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[Photo credits: Neha Srivastava]