Recently I had the good fortune of visiting Hasanabad in Mubai India.
I am embarrased to admit that although I grew up in Mumbai I did not know the historical backgound of the famous monument.
I was able to sit and pray quitely by myself at midday in the "Kuba",(the main space where there is the tomb of our 46th Imam Hasan Alishah.) It was an amazing feeling .
I saw there were 2 big kabars and one small kabars in the centre of the kuba.
I knew one big one was of IMAM HASAN ALISHAH (46th Imam),( After whom the place is named) but I did not know whose were the other two
My small research gave me the following information..
The second kabar is only an image kabar of IMAM AGA ALISHAH( 47th Imam). His body was temporarily buried in Hasanabad for a short period and then transported to Karbala and buried permanently in Najaf (Iraq) as per his wish expressed prior to his physical death.
The impression however is maintained in Hasanabad in the form of a kabar.
The third small kabar is of our only Child Pir Abulhasanshah (48th Pir) (BAL PIR)
He was the son of Pir Shahbudin Shah (47th Pir) and grandson of Imam Aga Alishah.
Pir Shabudin shah was the Pir during the Imamat of Aga Alishah , he was a very learned and wise man of immense knowledge .
he died at the very early age of 33.
Soon after his death Imam Aga Alishah gave Piratan to his son Abul Hasan shah who was only 6 months old but he gloriosly carried the divinity of the position.
It is said he used to smile and acknowledge the salams presented by the Ismaili Murids just like a mature Pir.
He had a custodian appointed by Imam to manage his official work
He lived a very short life of few months. He is buried in Hasanabad.
After his death Imam aga Alishah gave the Office of Imamat and Piratan both to Imam Sultan Mohammad shah after his own death
There are 2 more kabars in the basement of Hasanabad Tomb they were great Ismaili heroes with exceptional services to the Imam of the time.
1. is of Vazir Rahim bhai Basaria (died 1927)
2. is of Captain Aga Majid khan (died 1960)
There is also a small backgound history about the land of Hasanabad.
In 1840 when Mumbai was a small town, there was a Darkhana Jamatkhana mukhi named Mukhi Ladakbhai Haji who purchased a big plot of land in Mazgaon at the rate of 3 paise a yard.
He invited Imam Hasan Shah to come and bless the land.
When Imam Hasan shah arrived at the location he was so impressed with the place that he urged the mukhi to give the plot to him.
Mukhi was overwhelmed by Mawla's wish and Gifted the land to the Imam and felt very blessed he was able offer something to the Imam that he could easily afford and was able to.
Imam promptly expressed his wish that when he physically leaves the world , his body must be buried there and a memorial built.
Mukhi started crying when he heard of the death plan from Imam but he was assured by the Imam that this was the natural course for every Imam.
There is a change of "joma" after every Imam until the day of judgement. He added:
"I have arrived here in response the supplicatory prayers of pir Saderdin and Hasan kabirdin to give deedar and guidance in "JAMPUDEEP" and I will stay here till I die and also my body will be buried here so that none of my murid could say I did not keep the promise made to the Pirs."
As per Imam's wish his body was buried after his death and the place named "Hasanabad "
Many buildings were built around the huge compound where so many Ismailis lived with peace and happiness.
A jamatkhana building was also built.
47th and 48th Imams visited the place very frequently during their Imamats and stay in India.
Imam Sultan Mohammadshah enjoyed a glorious Imamat with so many events and landmark firmans made on the parthar of Hasanabad.Even Hazar Imam has visted the place several times.
A unique Ismaili monument indeed.
Everyone visiting Mumbai must visit this blessed place with immense history and barakat.
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There is also a small golden cradle and dress underneath two tombs, it is said that pir Abdul Hasan Shah used to sleep in that craddle, you need to enter from a very small passage gate, unfortunately I couldn't see that cradle and dress due to construction going on at that time. The muzavar (name Karim) and my relatives gave me this information during my last October month visit to India.
You can also climb top of two pillars and watch surrounding areas but I also missed that because I didn't know at that time.
Have you seen the Potrait of our first Imam Hazarat Ali? it is very nice.
I dedicate this photograph to Jamaal Sahab (Sherali Poppat Jamal), Diamond Jubilee High School (my school) and to all my Ismailie Khoja friends and well wishers.
Though I have shot this beautiful and revered landmark before .. but it has always been on odd hours ... right time to click is morning 7 ... I am not an early riser .. but the pressure to churn out quality visuals made me reach the spot at dot 7 (Hahahahaha)
HDR image merging 27 photographs of different exposures with High Pass and a dodge/burn here and there.
Also after a long time I did a dramatic HDR.
Shot today morning with Nikon D90 and Fish Eye lens.
Hasanabad or Shah Hasan Ali's Maqbara or Mausoleum is the resting place of 46th Imam - Aga Khan I, Imam of the Nizari Ismailite sect of the Shiite Muslims, circa 1884, Mazagaon.
A marble paean glows through the grime Standing at the threshold of Hasanabad, it's almost impossible to believe that this brilliant blue-domed building belongs to Mumbai.
Its golden minarets evoke memories of Delhi or Hyderabad but not Mumbai's grimy Mazagaon.
Yet, Hasanabad, is a veritable treasure trove of little known nuggets of the city's history.
Aga Khan, a resident of Iran arrived in Mumbai in 1846, and eventually became a permanent resident of the country and died in Mumbai in 1881. His funeral was attended by the consuls of Turkey and Iran as well as high-ranking British officials.
This marble mausoleum took a full three years to build and the minaret is said to be 19 feet high.
The monument may soon gain an important distinction - a new list of heritage structures is awaiting approval and Hasanabad is at last on it.
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