Kalaburgi (Karnataka): The Dargah of Hazrat Shah Ruknuddin Tola located in the Kalaburgi district of Karnataka is dedicated to a 14th century Muslim saint who spent around 40 years praying on the hillock, on the top of which his dargah is constructed. A contemporary of Hazrat Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesu Daraz, the saint is believed to solve almost all the problems that the people mostly from the surrounding areas bring to him.
Right next to his dargah is the shrine of Shah Qadri who was originally a Brahmin Hindu named Rama Rao. He was known for his spiritual accomplishments and was a disciple of Hazrat Ruknuddin Tola. It’s only because of this Brahmin that the saint decided to give up non-vegetarian food, and ordained that, after his death, nobody will visit his shrine after consuming non-vegetarian food.
The Shrine is made out of highly polished black stone and is on an elevated open square plinth. The grave of Hazrat Ruknuddin has an elongated arch shape and many more graves are also located in front of the shrine. People from various states, regardless of their religion, come to visit his shrine, make their offerings according to the custom and seek for the fulfillment of their wishes.
Being thronged by the people of different faiths and communities who come to pay their obeisance here, the dargah is playing a major role in strengthening the secular fabric of our country.