The Urs

June

Ajmer, Rajasthan

Probably India’s most revered Islamic site, the Ajmer Sharif Dargah celebrates the Urs festival annually, in Rajab – the seventh month of the Islamic Calendar. Started in the 11th century, the Urs of Moinuddin Chishti are celebrated to commemorate his culmination with God. Muslims believe that this sacred saint spent the ultimate six days of his life secluded in a Huzra (prayer room), and hence these six days are spent in offering prayers (Shijra, Fariyad, Qu’l) and qawalis and badhavas also grace this auspicious occasion.


Probably India’s most revered Islamic site, the Ajmer Sharif Dargah celebrates the Urs festival annually, in Rajab – the seventh month of the Islamic Calendar. Started in the 11th century, the Urs of Moinuddin Chishti are celebrated to commemorate his culmination with God. Muslims believe that this sacred saint spent the ultimate six days of his life secluded in a Huzra (prayer room), and hence these six days are spent in offering prayers (Shijra, Fariyad, Qu’l) and qawalis and badhavas also grace this auspicious occasion.

Muslims from around India and the world flock to offer their respect. The festivities see a great end with the firing of the cannon at exactly 1:30 pm on the sixth day of Rajab.

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