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The Urs Ajmer festival is an important annual festival held in Ajmer, a city in the Rajasthan State, which remembers the death anniversary of the Moinuddin Chishti, (the founder of the Chishtiya Sufi). The anniversary is celebrated in the 7th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Urs Ajmer Fair lets Muslims enjoy the most and on this festival, they visit the dargah of Sufi saint with the purpose to offer prayers to Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti and to get his blessings.
Urs Ajmer 2016 Date:
06 May 2016 / Friday
Muslims also sing quwwallis and several other events is also organized to create brotherhood and happiness amongst people of the Muslim community. The Urs, the death anniversary of the saint Moinuddin Chishti includes stunning celebrations that continues for 6 days, out of which, the first celebration is the tradition to hoist a white flag on the tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti by his (successor-representative), Sajdanashin of the Chishtia order.
The tomb is washed with rose-water and covered with a clean silk cloth. Religious assemblies (mehfils) and 'fatihas' (mass prayers) are also held. Kheer is distributed among the believers as a blessed food. The pilgrims make offerings of clothes, flowers, sandalwood paste, incense, money and votive offerings which they bring at the spot where he is buried.
Thousands of visitors visit the shrine from all over India as well as abroad. The lakeside town of Ajmer city also famous as Ajmer Sharif (holy) comes alive during this special occasion which fascinates thousands of followers irrespective of caste, belief, religion, etc. Urs Ajmer Fair is the huge and the largest Muslim fair in India, where one can easily procure religious objects, books, rosaries, silver ornaments, embroidered prayer rugs, prayer caps, embroidered carpets, etc. on sale.
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