Saturday 18 Nov, 2017

800th Urs of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti has been started in Ajmer Sharif.

The "dargah" or shrine of Muslim saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti is hosting the religious fair or "Urs" marking the 800th death anniversary of the Sufi (mystic) saint that began on Thursday (May 17) in Ajmer city of India s northwestern state of Rajasthan.

Following conventions, the Gori family of Bhilwara is authorised and assigned the task of hoisting the Urs flag. On Tuesday (May 15), members of the family arrived in Ajmer carrying the flag and hoisted the flag on Thursday. This tradition has been kept alive since 1944.

"I hope more and more people come together and promote the concept of brotherhood. I also pray that all my Hindu and Muslim brothers live together happily and peacefully in the country," said a devotee, Farukhdin Gori. Though Urs is normally associated with the Muslims, people of all faiths participate with equal reverence.

The shrine, which contains the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims in India.

 

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