Situated in the Coorg district of Karnataka is the distinguished Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu. The divine shrine is believed to be one of the most sacred sites for people belonging to the Islamic faith. It was built centuries ago in the fond memory of saints Sayyed Hassan Sakaf Halramir and Hazrath Sufi Shaheed. After arriving from Persia, the saints devoted their entire lives to serving the poor while also imparting religious discourses to the masses.
The holy shrine attracts multitudes of pilgrims every year at the time of Urus, the annual festival of Muslims. This 8-day festival is particularly celebrated in remembrance of these two saints. Several devotees flock to the shrine during this time of the year to offer their prayers and to seek sanctity as well as blessings of the Sufi saints. An elaborate feast is arranged on the last day for all the devotees to enjoy.
In this shrine, however, women are denied entry. But alternative arrangements have been made to enable their offerings. The shrine stands tall as not just a site of religious significance but also as an architectural delight amongst the many stunning Karnataka temples.
Located approximately 35 kilometres away from Madikeri, this holy site can be easily accessed by government buses and tourist taxis. Other than experiencing the charm of a Coorg temple, if you wish to get further acquainted with the rich and ornate culture of the district, this place is a must-visit during your family holiday.
Once you have explored this historical tomb in its entirety, you can enjoy a comfortable stay at a coveted Coorg resort, like the Club Mahindra Madikeri or Virajpet resort.