Faith and fingers can lift a 90 kg stone
at Kamar Ali Durvesh Dargah
heard this before "Faith can move mountains".
At Khed Shivapur there is a twist to
this age old saying: Eleven people, together with
just their index fingers can lift a 90 kg stone,
shouting in one breath "Kamar Ali Durvesh..."
And the stone goes up 10 feet high, effortlessly,
just like a flower. Or so, the believers claim.
Mind you, the number has to be strictly eleven,
not one more, not one less. And no one knows how
this miracle happens.
Shivapur is a small village located 25 kms south
of Pune, on the Pune-Bangalore highway. This village
appears just like any other village except for
the main lane, which ends at the Kamar Ali
Durvesh Dargah. Many shops selling flowers,
presents and photographs of the Dargah gives it
a festive feel all round the year. Legend has
that Hazrat Kamar Ali Durvesh, a seer who
was known to help poor people, came from the north
and chose to settle in Khed Shivapur more than
800 years ago. After his death, this Dargah was
built on his tomb and has been known to possess
its miraculous powers ever since.
A board inside the Dargah premises gives a brief
history about the place
and Hazrat Kamar Ali. "Till the recent
renovation of the Dargah there was a 60 kgs stone
too, which could be lifted only by 9 people. Because
of lack of space now, only the bigger stone remains,"
tells a baba who sits at the entrance of the
Hundreds of people of all faiths and religions
come here to offer flowers at the Dargah everyday.
Most of the visitors make it a point to give it
a try to lift this miraculous stone. But a single
person would find it virtually impossible to lift
the stone. "For that matter you'll never
be able to lift the stone more than a feet high
even if put hundred fingers. You need to have
faith" clarifies the baba.
what's all this miracle about? "Who knows
what might be the divine intention behind this
miracle?" says Shaikh Mohammad, who's
been visiting this Dargah for the last 60 years.
"But the legend says that Hazrat Kamar
Ali trapped Shaitan in this stone and cursed it
to be lifted up and thrown down every time, symbolizing
the defeat of evil".
The Mujawar Family, who trace their lineage
back to the times of Hazrat Kamar Ali maintains
the Dargah. The Mujawars were hardworking people
who renounced the worldly comforts to serve Hazrat
Kamar Ali and poor people.
place becomes a meeting ground for thousands of
devotees during the Urs celebrations.
If you are visiting Pune, make sure you have a
trip to Khed Shivapur to witness this miracle.
See it to believe it. Still better, lift the miracle
stone to believe it.
Text & Photographs: Harikrishna