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1,000s from Punjab visit mazar to make their wishes come true

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  KALYANA (KURUKSHETRA), September 12, 2013
First Published: 18:10 IST(12/9/2013) | Last Updated: 18:11 IST(12/9/2013)

Call it a superstition or staunch faith, thousands of visitors particularly from Punjab throng an ancient tomb with clocks and watches every month.

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At the shrine of a saint Sayeed Ibrahim Badshah, popularly known as "Ghari Wala Baba", people from walks of the life throng here hoping to get their wishes fulfilled.

Besides chaddar and incense sticks, devotees offer wall clocks and watches, which are considered as a sign of good luck at the tomb of "nau gaja peer".

Visitors said that they ensured a brief halt at the shrine as the saint ensures safe journeys and completion of all works in time.

The shrine with the 27-feet long mazar is located at Kalyana village near Shahbad Markanda town of Kurukshetra district on the national highway no 1.

The shrine management claims that on Thursdays and Sundays, about 7,000 devotees come while on other days number of visitors remained around 4,000.

The spot finds its place as the "tourist attraction" on the district website of Kurukshetra district.

Jeet Ram, manager of the shrine, said that the saint was originally hailed from Iraq and spent several years in meditation at Kalyana village. He said that most of the visitors include Punjabis who stop here to get blessing while going to Delhi for visa.

"Clocks and watches given as prasad to some devotees while offering of mustard oil is distributed free to the beggars and poor on the occasion of marriage of their daughters," said Ram.

He said: "Punjabis from all religions are main visitors of the shrine while the local residents hardly come here for prayers."

"Initially the trucks drivers from Punjab used to take a break as it was the only place of worship located right on the national highway. Gradually, others also started stopping and now anyone going towards Delhi especially those visiting the embassies for visas make it a point to pay obeisance here," said cab driver Amarjit Singh of Adampur Doaba in Jalandhar district of Punjab.

 

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