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Ajmer Urs: Fair begins with flag hoisting and mass prayers
With the flag hoisting ceremony at the Buland Darwaja of the Dargah, the 804th Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the annual fair formally began on April 5. The devotees were in a rush to touch the flag that Bhilwara-based Gori family had brought here to hoist on the Buland Darwaja of the Dargah (shrine).
The flag was brought to shrine in a procession with devotees dancing and hailing Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The procession started from Dargah guest house and culminated at Nizam Gate of the shrine.

After the flag hoisting ceremony, the devotees went to the Mazar to offer colourful 'Chaders'. It is said that at a mass prayer at the shrine devotees joined by the farmers prayed for good monsoon and prosperity. Meanwhile, this time the security in Ajmer has been tightened to ward of any untoward incident.

The annual Ajmer Sharif Urs is celebrated to commemorate Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti's unification with God and a well long celebration marks India's biggest Muslim Fair in the country. The fair is held in Islamic calendar's seventh month with the sighting of the moon.

The sixth day of the Urs called "Chhati Sharif" is regarded as the most special and auspicious which is observed between 10:00AM. and 1:30PM inside the Mazaar Sharif.

On this occasion, Shijra is read by duty bound Khadims of Moinuddin Chishti followed by prayers. Chhati Sharif concludes Badhaawa or poem of praise sung at the main entrance of the shrine by Qawwals and recitation of Fatiha. The end of the ceremony is marked by firing of cannon at 1:30 PM.

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