Colonel Shah Pir AhmedabadColonel Shah Pir is a Dargah dedicated to a British Leiutanant Colonel William Carden, and definitely one of the out-of -the-box places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Relevance of Colonel Shah Pir
William Carden was a British army officer from the pre-Independence era to have a Dargah in his name. The Dargah is located on a small hillock on the bank of the Shedhi river in Ratanpur village in Kheda district. Very fondly called the Colonel Shah Pir Dargah by the locals, the shrine used to have a gate and wrought iron fences which couldn't stand the test of time and perished.
When at the tomb, do not miss taking a look at the inscription on the tomb, which reads "This tomb was erected by the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 17th Light Dragoons, to the memory of 3 officers and 173 NCOs and men, who died of fever while the regiment was quartered in Ratanpur in 1813. Restored by the 17th (Duke of Cambridges Own) Lancers, 1913." The restoration 100 years later had obscured the identity of the man interred, but the regimental history of the 17th Light Dragoons offers an answer into why he was loved by the locals.
The Legend of Colonel Shah Pir
Offerings on Colonel Shah Pir
Colonel Shah Pir,
Dungar (On the banks of Shedhi River)
Open Days: Accessible all seven days of the week.
Timings: It is advisable to get there by early morning till about noon, and in the evenings after 4 PM and before 7 PM. The summers in Gujarat are harsh, thereby avoid afternoons.
Entry fees and admission: There is no entry fees.
Photography: Not restricted
When to Get There
There are very few places that stand out for being just sheer different. This one is just that place. It may not have a monumental feeling to it, but it sure does have a heart of gold, just like the man it stands for.