3 day annual Urs begins at Sirhind shrine

  • Ketan Gupta, Hindustan Times, Fatehgarh Sahib
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 11:26 IST

Hundreds of devotees paid obeisance at the tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi Sirhindi Mujaddid Alif Sani on the first day of three-day Urs at Rauza Sharif in Sirhind on Saturday.

The three-day annual Urs—observed in the memory of Sheikh Ahmad, the most prominent disciple of Khwaja Baqi Billah—that commenced at the tomb of Sheikh Ahmad Farukhi is considered one of the holiest places in Islam.

Every year, many devotees from Pakistan visit Rauza Sharif Urs. However this year, they will not be able to visit the place due to the visa issue.

“A delegation of Pakistani pilgrims reaches here one day before the annual Urs. In this regard, a special halt was organised for the Samjotha Express at the Sirhind junction. But due to the visa issue this year, the Pakistani pilgrims will not arrive,”said one of the organisers.

Besides, a large number of Muslim devotees from various parts of the country and Bangladesh have already arrived here to pay their respects.

The district administration has made proper arrangements regarding this.

Rauza Sharif’s Khalifa said special arrangements had been made for lodging and boarding of pilgrims, including langar (community kitchen) during the event.

Sheikh Ahmad had raised voice against din-e-elahi during the tenure of Akbar, and was jailed along with Guru Hargobind Rai.

Mouzam Ali, an ardent follower, said Sheikh Ahmad was born and died in Sirhind, and the tomb was constructed in his memory.

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