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  Hussaini Alam  

During the reign of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah a religious person, Aga Ali went for Hajj. During the pilgrimage he had the privilege of acquiring a double edged sword which belonged to Imam Jafar Sadiq. He brought the sword to Hyderabad, Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah received the sword with Royal honours, got the Ashoor khana constructed and appointed Aga Ali to install the relic there incorporating it in a specially designed Alam. The monarch also issued a decree for a Mahi Maratib, Royal Umbrella and Naubat for the Ashoor Khana. Aga Ali was endowed with Jagir and pension for the upkeep of the Ashoor Khana. The area surrounding the Ashoor khana upto the Chowk was attached to the Ashoor Khana. In 1258 H the Ashoor Khana was extended by the grand son of Aga Ali.

The Langar of this Ashoorkhana is very famous. As a matter of fact the Langar was started by Hayat Bakshi Begum on her boon ( Mannat) coming true. The legend is that when Abdullah Qutub Shah was still a prince, one year the river Musi was in spate. The Prince was proceeding towards Golkonda from Hyderabad on his favourite elephant, Moorat. Seeing the strong waves of the river the elephant got wild, threw down the mahout and ran with the Prince into the forest. When his mother, Hayat Bakshi Begum got the news she was very worried. In that time the crescent of Moharrum was sighted. The noble lady sought a boon that if the Prince returned safely she would offer a chain of gold equal to the weight of the Langar( the chain ) used for tying the elephant of the Ashoor Khana of Hussaini Alam. She vowed that this chain of gold would be tied round the waist of the Prince and he would be made to walk to the Ashoor Khana with it. The elephant was running hither and tither in the jungle with the Prince. His mother ordered to hang food for the prince on the branches of trees in case the elephant passed that way .The prayer of the queen mother got answered. The elephant recovered from its fit and returned tamely to the Fort. In fulfillment of the oath the Queen arranged spreading of carpet from the Fort Mohammed Nagar to Hussaini Alam , tied a gold chain of forty maunds around the body of the Prince and he went walking to the Hussaini Alam Ashoor Khana. The gold and sherbet made out of 40 maunds of sugar was distributed to the poor people. This established the tradition of the Langar. The description of the traditional Langar during the Asaf Jahi period itself would require a chapter to be dealt in some detail. To put it briefly it was an occasion looked forward to by the people and the houses on the route of the procession were reserved three months ahead of the occasion by intending visitors from other places. This procession was witnessed even by the British Viceroy, Lord Curzon. Since the Langar reflected pomp and show of wealth and power, the Seventh Nizam thought it was not appropriate to have it during the month of Moharrum and as such, discontinued it. The Hussaini Alam goes round in a procession within the precincts of the building on the night of Ashoora.


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