Agra: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday visited the Fatehpur Sikri dargah of saint Salim Chisthi and offered his prayers.

He was received by Peer Zada Rais Mian Chisthi, 'sajjadanashin' or caretaker of the dargah.

After praying, Akhilesh also tied a 'Kalava', a thread symbolising his wish, said Rais Mian's son Arshad Faridi.

The dargah authorities organised a special qawwali for the Chief Minister who spent over half an hour at the shrine.

The dargah became famous after its peer Sheikh Salim Chisthi had blessed Mughal emperor Akbar with a child. Akbar, who was childless, had prayed at several dargahs and temples before coming to Chisthi, who blessed him and said he will have three children.

Akbar named his eldest son Salim after the saint. Salim later became Emperor Jehangir.

Akhilesh had earlier visited the dargah before the recent Assembly elections.


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