Nagore is famous for Sufi saint Syed Abdul Qadir popularly known as Qadir Vali. Syed Abdul Qadir born in Manikpur in present day UP in the year 1504 (910 hijri). Around the age of 18 he left home seeking a spiritual teacher. He found a spiritual mentor in Mohammad Ghouse in Gwalior. After doing Hajj he landed in Ponnani in Malabar and traveled to Maldives, Sri Lanka and finally made Nagore in Tamil Nadu his home where he died in 1570 (978 hijri). His beautiful dargah was built years later with its unique white minarets.
Periya Minara at Nagore Dargah built by the Tanjore King.
Dargah’s influence over Tamil Muslims was so much that when a number of them migrated to Singapore they built a replica of the dargah for their spiritual needs.
Nagore Dargah in Singapore. [Photo by dozafar]
Lately, music of the Nagore Dargah is getting international recognition thanks to the Laya Project which has produced a CD with seven songs that can be purchased here:
Videos of the two of the songs are here:
Urdu song, that is not part of the CD: