Singapore declares Muslims shrine as national heritage centre

The Nagore Durgha is a shrine built by Muslims of southern India around 1828.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010, 12:17 PM IST

Singapore: A 182-year-old replica of a dargah in India built by Tamil Muslims here in memory of a 16th century Sufi saint has been declared a national heritage centre.

The Nagore Dargah, dedicated to Sufi saint Shahul Hamid, would be reopened in May next year after a two-year of renovation costing about SGD 500,000, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore announced yesterday.

The shrine was built around 1828 by Chulia Tamil Muslims in Singapore`s Central Business District.

The Dargah is a replica of the original shrine of Sufi saint Shahul Hamid in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. The shrine would feature exhibits and artefacts of Indian-Muslim community, the council said.

The 60,000-strong Indian Muslim community in the country reveres Shahul Hamid, considered as a descendant of Prophet Muhammad.

The saint is considered as the one who helped spread Islam in India.

The shrine is one of 61 Singapore buildings gazetted and protected for their historical value under the Preservation of Monuments Act.

PTI