A note before the review in itself: I have travelled extensively. However, I found the visit to this mosque overwhelming!
It was my first day in India. I couldn’t understand so much noise pollution, such crowds, such dirtiness, such chaos. I was prepared for beggars and people with physical problems. But the visit to Haji Ale Mosque exceeded all I had ever imagined!
Having said this, and now in the distance, I can say the mosque is worth a visit. Not because of the mosque itself only, but for everything around it. It is not an easy visit for a Westener in my opinion. However, I’m glad I did it.
The mosque can only be visited when the tide is low as when the tide is high the path gets submerged and it becomes inaccessible. Along the path leading to the mosque you will be able to see water polluted with ALL sorts of man-made junk! A pity! The Arabian Sea is so beautiful! But it can’t be enjoyed with such dirt! Huge plastic garbish bins are EMPTY!!! The sea shore seems to be the place to drop your rubbish. Unfortunately, some thoughtless tourists and (local) visitors do not mind polluting the sea.
Baby goats and Indian children sailing on bags (full of I don’t know what) can be seen as well.
As son as you enter the grounds of the mosque you find in a marble courtyard with the Dargah (tomb). The tomb is covered with green and red coloured chaddars.
Women must wear head scarves (provided for free) and both men and women should be barefoot. Actually, women are not allowed IN the mosque. There is a window for them to look inside. The whole place has a holy atmosphere. The walk to the mosque is spiritual, and it is a good way to see the locals' devotion to the place and to admire faith practitioners with utmost sincerity. Irrespective of faith and religion, people go there to get blessings of the legendary saint.
Laughable security as in other parts of India.
An enriching, though hard, cultural experience, undoubtedly!
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