The festival of Urs in celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in Rajasthan. It is celebrated with great cheerfulness and dedication by mostly the Muslim pilgrims at Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Urs is held every year in the memory of Saint Khawaja Moinddin Chisti, a well-wisher of mankind and helper of poor people. Urs Fair is celebrated every year in the holy city of Ajmer, Rajasthan. It is organized in honoring the death anniversary of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at his Dargah.
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the founder of Chishtia order of fakirs in India, came from Persia. The saint spent his whole life in the service of mankind and is thus known as Khwaja Garib Nawaz, signification as protector of the poor. It is said that the saint comprised death by moving to a cell for six days in isolation. The immortal remains of the holy saint have been entombed at this Dargah.
The six days long auspicious fair is celebrated with full passion by the followers of saint, which comes to an end on sixth Rajab, ‘Chati Sharif’. The whole city of Ajmer is beautifully decorated to celebrate this fair. During these six religious days, pilgrims gather and offer prayers on the Dargah for prosperity and peace in their lives. Devotees offer Jasmine and Rose flowers, sandalwood, perfume and other offerings called ‘Nazrana’ on the Dargah. There is also a ritual of offering ‘Chadar’, ‘gilaph’ and ‘neema’, brought on their heads by the devotees, at the shrine. There is also a ritual of making rice in gigantic vessels which are grounded in the Dargah and people also donate rice and other food items to the vessels.
In this fair famous Qawwals from various places gather here to sing Qawwalis at the holy Dargah in remembrance of Khwaja and God. It is believed that God fulfills wishes of all those who pray at the shrine with pure hearts. During nights ‘Mehfil Khana’ gets packed by the visitors to enjoy religious assemblies (Mehfils), where mass prayers are also conducted for the eternal peace of the Saint and the mankind. Separate places are dedicated for the women attending the Mehfils, presided over by the Sajjada Nashin of the Dargah. ‘Jannati Darwaja’ or the gateway to heaven is opened in the morning on the concluding day of the fair and it is believed that crossing the gate seven times assures a place for human being in the heaven.
Urs Festival Date in 2014: 01 or 02 May 2014 – 09 or 10 May 2014
Location: Ajmer, Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti
Urs Festival Ajmer Shariff Dargah Time Table 2014
|Flag Ceremony||25 or 26 April 2014|
|Festival Begins||01 or 02 May 2014|
|Jannati Darwaza Opens||06 May 2014|
|Namaz-e-Zumma||06 or 07 May 2014|
|Qawwali Annual Fathea Jannati darwaza closing||06 or 07 May 2014|
|Bara Qul Day||09 or 10 May 2014|