(Ghawth al-Alam Mehboob-e-Yazdani Hazrat Mir Auhad’uddin
Sultan Saiyed Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Semnani r.d.)

Ashraf-e-Simna Academy
(Head Office)
Sanjarnagar,Himatnagar 383001
Dist : Sabarkantha

Kichhouchha Shareef.
Dist: Ambedkernager (U.P)
E-mail: info@ashrafesimna.org

The capital of Spiritualism 

This important landmark and most Sacred Muslim town is situated just outside Akbarpur (dist.Ambedkar Nagar) in the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. It has become a Sacred and hallowed place by Ghaus al-Alam Mehboob-e-Yazdani Hazrat Makhdoom Sultan Sayyad Aha'huddeen Ashraf Jahangir Semnani (Radi Allahu Anho). Today the descendants of Hazrat Makhdoom Ashraf (Radi Allahu Anho).
As the history of Kicchocha Shareef reveals, Hazrat Makhdoom Ashraf (Radi Allahu anhu) was a Prince of Semnan in 
Iran. Born in the middle of the 12th century, he relinquished his life in search of a more spiritual one and eventually made his home in Kicchocha Shareef. He later died in the seventh decade of the 13th century at Dargah Rasulpur.

He had come to India and stayed at Pandwa Shareef, on the way to Malda in Bengal, with Hazrat Ala al-Haq Ganj-e-Lahori Nabad, (Radi Allahu Anho) whom he made his spiritual guide. He stayed there for 12 yrs and received spiritual guidance and Islamic teaching. He was given the additional name Jahangir, and was asked by his guide to travel to various places to promote the virtues and splendour of Islam.

During his peregrinations he met many spiritual leaders of Islam in India and Asia, and finally came back to his spiritual guide, who directed him to search for a place covered by water on three sides for his lifelong stay. Following the direction of his guide and "peer", he reached the desired place - Kicchocha Shareef. They lived at this place, now called Dargah Rasulpur in Kicchocha Shareef, surrounded on three sides by a big lake. It's believed that the water of this lake is sacred and has medicinal value. This shrine is also considered powerful especially for the treatment of mental illness.


People from every part of Asia and the world make pilgrimages to this sacred place to drink the water and be cured of ailments. They also take the holy water to their homes. The tomb of Sultan Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir (Radi Allahu anhu) was constructed 16 years before his death in 808 Hijri.

Every year around Muharram, the Urs, death anniversary of Hazrat Sultan Sayyad Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir (Radi Allahu anhu) is organized by his descendants, Khanwada-e-Ashrafiya. More than four hundred thousand pilgrims (including non-Muslims) from different parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Europe, S. Africa and America gather here  on this occasion.

Two-thirds of the total population of Kicchocha Shareef, are Muslims, the rest being Hindus. The Muslim population is classified into three groups: (1) Peer Zadagan, the descendants of Hazrat Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir (Radi Allahu anhu) considered priests and religious guides, who are managers of the dargah; (2) Khadim, those who assist pilgrims in the performance of rituals and make arrangements for their stay,  (3) Mujavir or Mazavi, servants of the dargah, whose function is to keep the place clean, and to open and close the door of the dargah at the appointed times. There are also artisans and businessmen who interact with the pilgrims.