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URS OF KHWAJA MOIN-UD-DIN CHISHTI

 

The Religious Pilgrimage of Indian Muslims

According to some historians, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order, came to India from Persia as a member of Muhammad Gouri's invading army in 1191. He settled in Ajmer, where he preached Islam until his death in 1233 AD, at the age of 91. A darga was built in his memory. Affectionately called Garib Nawaz, he was said to be an emancipator of the poor. The darga is visited by people of all faiths, who ask for Khwaja's favours or convey thanks for their fulfilled wishes and desires.

Each year an Urs is celebrated is celebrated in the month of Rajab to commemorate the death anniversary of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. During this six-day fair, which is attended by people of different communities, various ceremonies are performed and the Qawwalis are sung in praise of the Khwaja. According to the legend, the Khwaja entered his cell on the first day of the month of Rajab to meditate for five days and died on the sixth day. As a result, the devotees consider the first five days of Rajab as auspicious. Devotees from all over the country flock to the Khwaja's tomb, known for its power to fulfill wishes, and tie a kalawa on the pillars when seeking a favour. They are expected to untie the knot once their request has been granted.

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