Ziyarat is a pilgrimage associated with the holy shrine of
KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A.), his companions, or other venerated figures in AJMER history, such as Sufi saints.
Muslims use the word
ziyarat for both the hajj pilgrimage
to Mecca and pilgrimages to other sites. Such sites are called
The exact meaning of the term, or related terms, in other Muslim-majority countries is not clear.
The lesser pilgrimages are not required of
Muslims; only the Hajj is required. However, the lesser
pilgrimages have often been the only pilgrimage available to
many Muslims. Some Muslims believe that if they cannot do the
Hajj, a ziyarat to a celebrated shrine can substitute for the
Hajj. Hence local ziyarat is sometimes called
the poor man's Hajj
i.e. ziayart to KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ (R.A.)