DARVESH GAFFAR SAHIB FROM #BIGBEHARA.
THESE ARE PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS AND AS GIVEN BY PEOPLE CLOSELY RELATED WITH THE SAINT.
The town of chinars #Bijbehara has always been the town of saints, intellectuals and well read and people were always looking towards this sacred place for knowledge.
The one among great saints was #GaffarSahib of #Bagandhar,the place inside the garden of great saint.
And the history goes like this,that,-
The spiritually well connected God fearing and ready to sacrifice anything was THE hall Mark of Peer Gaffer Sahib basically from Ali Baba sahib Mohala near present Jamia.Mosque Bijbehara.
The legendary has only one son and four daughters.
My grand mother Sajeeda Was the daughter of his only son and my grand father Peer Hamidullah shah was son of her one of the daughters.
The saint did not send off his daughter after marriage but instead invited his four son in laws to stay with him since he had vast estate to look after and to own.
The legendary had travelled to Macca for pilgrimage of Haj for 7 times and have been the reason of many miracles in his lifetime.
One of the episodes which our grand parents would always narrate us would include the visit of God,s angels in his dreams asking him the desires of his life.
It is a well confirmed dreamy episode which had further strengthened the beliefs of his followers when he showed desire in his dreams for this world as well as the world after death.He seems to have got answered to his desires.
During his life time he had constructed many mosques on his own ,the renowned among them is one at #Bijbehara called Gaffar mosque where people still offer prayers till date.
There is one more miracle which had made him to shift his base from AliBaba mohala to Bagandhar and this relates to his miracle which took place while he was leaving for Haj pilgrimage during one of his 7 such journies.
The folklore said it all and whole town of his followers started marching towards his seat of excellence the movement the need went around the town that saint had played a role in avoiding the sinking of a ship when tornado hit the sea when ship was passing through sea enroute to Haj
The eye witnesses said it all that when captain of the ship where pilgrims were aboard declared that ship is just seconds away before it could get immersed into the waters as whole sea was devastated by cyclonic wind and all ships had already vanished into waters.
It is said that when this news was broke out to saint by his followers,the saint had already covered himself under the blanket and the movement he heard it,he ordered that let captain of ship convey to cyclone that Darvesh Gaffar is on way to Haj and nobody can stop him to accomplish it.The whispering of such words in air made the waters to calm down and captain of the ship was surprised the way other pilgrims were.
It is said the ship carried on and whole journey was completed and companions of Darvesh started following him more sacredly.
On his return to his home,his home town was already well versed with the miracles of Peer and the villagers who were in the same ship donated all their land located around Bagander near present Tehsil office Bijbehara.
It is said that saint left for new place near Bagandar where whole village was donated by his followers free of cost.
The people started visiting him day in day out. Personal mosque,personal grave yard and many buildings were constructed and people started
visited him for getting blessings.
It is also said that a kettle of tea was kept in a room in the morning and who so was coming was getting his cup of tea for whole day without putting in additional water. Darvesh had instructed that lid of the kettle should not be opened after it has been filled in morning and whosoever or how many believers take tea,it will not get emptied but will feed all.
Just to score a spiritual point of great Peer,once a believer reached the Peer for removing his miseries,the Peer asked the believer to pick up mud from his ground and directed him to go home,your miseries will be addressed.
The believer without second thought dug a bit of mud from ground and left home but when he reached home to open the packet of mud,he was instead surprised that he instead opened a pack of gold. This is faith and faith can heal anybody.
So this way Gaffar Sahib established his residential houses and people from all corners of state would visit him and this way Gaffar sahib was a household name and beeline of followers were always found around his forte.
The first type of Hamaam( hot water chamber where steam would heat up the chamber) was established and people would come and get a steam bath for their different ailments.
The peculiarity of place was that at distance it was covered from all side and maim gate will make a coman entry for all.
The residual strictures are still standing gracefully and people still remember the faith healer which was later carried on by grand father,then followed by my maternal uncles Late Peer Gul Mohammad ,Peer Ahmadullahh and late Peer Abdul Rasheed.
Now only their children are there but legacy has gone so has the healing touch but people still visit their grave yards for their own satisfaction and heal of faith.May Allah bless their souls