Entrance of Azakhana Kalan, Sirsi
Dr. Mazhar Naqvi
The famous “Azakhana Kalan” is one of the oldest Imambaras of India. It was established in 1333 AD by Syed Hasan Arif Naqvi in Sirsi, a town near Moradabad About 160 kilometers from Delhi, Sirsi is one of the oldest inhabitation of Imamis in India. The 800 year old glorious history of the place revolves around two great personalities namely, Dada Makhdoom Syed Jamal Uddin Zaidi Wasti and Syed Ali Naqi fondly known as Syed Ali Arab Naqvi Neshapuri. Dada Makhdoom traced his lineage to Imam Zainul Abdeen through his son Syed Zaid Shaheed.