By Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui:
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), 19th July 2018: The stunningly beautiful South Indian hill station in Tamil Nadu – Udhagamandalam popularly known as Ooty is a spiritual destination too. Perched atop the Tiger Hill in Ooty is the soothing spiritual locale of the mausoleum of Hazrat Syed Hassan Shah Quadri. The sufi saint is believed to have lived more than 300 hundred years ago under a tree. It is said a tiger used to clean the place with his tail where the saint lived. Hence, the name Tiger Hill became known to people. He meditated in a cave which is his final resting place now.
Hazrat Hassan Shah Quadri’s mausoleum was built by the family of the late caretaker (Mutavalli) Hazrat Razzak Sait. The Sait family is famous in Ooty for their business and philanthropy. Omer Sait, the son of Hazrat Razzak Sait is the present caretaker. He is a soft spoken gentleman who is well conversant with the history of the place and an instrumental person in the construction of the beautiful mausoleum. The octagon shaped structure is a miracle itself going by the topography of the place. One is amazed how the pillars are standing win the valley. On one side there is a water reservoir and there is a gravitational pull too. The mausoleum faced the Ooty flood of 1978 and is still intact in good shape! One must see the place to believe this combination of spiritual and engineering marvel.
The great Sufi Hazrat Hassan Shah Quadri’s brothers are famous sufis too – Hazrat Jaame Shah Aulia (Coimbatore market), Hazrat Miskin Shah (Droog forest, Ooty and Hazrat Moosa Shah Quadri of Mount Road, Chennai. There is a cave from the resting place of Hazrat Hassan Shah in Tiger Hill to Ketti valley which is about 10 kms long. The way is closed now. But through this tunnel came to Ooty — the Tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan and fought a battle here.
The way to Dargah Hazrat Hassan Shah Quadri is easy to locate. It is about 90 kms from Coimbatore. As one enters Ooty through Coonoor Road, pass through Hotel Sinclairs towards off road Gori Shola. The place is famous as Gavvi (Cave) Dargah on Tiger Hill near the water reservoir. An auto for the round trip from main Ooty will cost Rupees 200/-
I have been fortunate to meditate at the blessed dargah and I could feel the august spiritual presence of Hazrat Hassan Shah Quadri. Even while writing this article, I could feel the presence of the great sufi. I had to stop writing and meditate – Subhanallah! Subhanallah!
The death anniversary of Hazrat Hassan Shah is celebrated every year on the last Thursday of the month of Rabi ul Aaqir.
Hazrat Hassan Shah Quadri is a living saint who symbolizes the great spiritual heritage of our beloved country. No wonder people of all faiths flock to his mausoleum and share his message of universal brotherhood and peace. The unity of mankind can be seen and witnessed in all glory at this blessed place!