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EventUrs Ajmer Sharif
LocationAjmer
StateRajasthan
CategoryFestival
DateDates not confirmed
Main AttractionUrs Ajmer Sharif is celebrated to commemorate Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti's unification with God.
Overview/History

Dargah Sharif Ajmer is situated at a barren hill's foot where the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti's mortal remains are buried. The tomb, known as a Dargah, has a marvellous looking marble dome, located in between the courtyard and has a border of silver platform. One can see India's biggest Muslim Fair with various items sold at stalls like religious objects, rosaries, silver ornaments, books and embroidered carpets. It is believed here that your wishes can come true if prayed with pure hearts. Every year, this festival is celebrated to the saint's unification with God.

Khwaja Muinnddin Chisti was also known as the Gareeb Nawaz bas he was a protector and supporter of the poor. He dedicated all his life to serve the mankind. The Khawaja was from Persia, who established fakirs' Chishtia order in India. Khawaja had lived for almost hundred years.

From Jaipur, Ajmer is merely 132 kilometres towards southwest. The road network is easily accessible from various districts of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Ajmer is also a railway junction on the Western Railway. During the celebration, people mostly prefer travelling by special buses for the whole trip to Ajmer and back to their respective cities from all over India.

Celebration

This festival witnesses over five lakh devotees from every caste, creed and religious faith. These people offer jasmine and rose flowers to the Khawaja at the Dargah to seek his blessings. During this celebration, millions of people pay a visit to this Dargah from all over the world. After praying for six-day in seclusion, it is said that the honoured saint left for heaven. This is the reason why every year all the devotees celebrate the festival of 'Urs Ajmer Shariff' in Islamic calendar's seventh month and during Rajjab's first six days.

The several devotees here offer Ghilaph, Neema and Chadar for the tomb. The ritual also includes looting the Milk Pudding called as Kheer, cooked in two cauldrons 'Degs'. The Kheer went prepared is then distributed to all the devotees as blessed food called as tabarruk. The famous qawwalis is also a main attraction during annual 'Urs Ajmer Shareif' festival. This qawwalis, mehfils and prayers called as fatihas are specially organized for mankind's eternal peace. Professional qawwals are called to sing songs, praising the saint. The listeners are mesmerised by the 'sufiana kalam' by the artists.

The annual Urs begins by hoisting a flag at Buland Darwaza by the successor of Chistis, which is currently 'Sajjada Nashin'. Sixth month's last day, gateway to heaven 'Jannati-Darwaza' is opened early morning. Pilgrims then cross this door seven times with a belief to assure a place in heaven. A ritual called 'ghusal' is performed on first of Rajab, where sandalwood paste and rose water is used to wash the tomb, and later perfumes are anointed. Then, the tomb is covered by Sajjada Nashin with silk cloth having minute embroidery.







Last Updated on : October 30, 2018

     


     



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