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Six-day Ajmer Sharif Urs Mubarak commences with flag hoisting
The 801th Ajmer Sharif Urs Mubarak of Darbar Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti has commenced in Ajmer in Rajasthan with flag hoisting at Buland Darwaza on May 7. Holy shrine's Jannati Darwaza will be opened on May 11. It is believed that any one irrespective of clan, creed and faith who crosses the Darwaza seven times in succession is bound to reap the benefit of the efficacy of the boon.

Urs of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is celebrated every year in the first week of Rajab. On seeing the moon of Rajab, flag is hoisted, drums are beaten to herald the commencement of the annual ceremony and verses are chanted to invoke the blessings of the Gharib Nawaz. Badhaawa - a poem of praise - is sung at the main entrance of the shrine by qawwals to mark the opening of the Urs ceremonially.

The word Urs stands for ultimate union of an individual with the Almighty. It is said that Moinuddin Chishti spent the last six days of his life in seclusion in a Huzra – the room meant for prayers - and on the sixth day of Rajab he united with God.

Lakhs of pilgrims from differents communities will attand the six-day Urs inspired by the spiritual command of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) and seek blessings of Huzoor Gharib Nawaz (R.A) who became the harbinger of peace and prosperity not only in India but in whole world. Pilgrims will throng the holy shrine for coming six days with their heartfelt desires and cherished wishes and return brimful with faith for fruition of their inner aspirations and wishes.

According to the management of the Urs festival, the shrine had become one of the most important center for the diffusion of composite culture that had struck deep roots in the psyche of any religion throughout the world.

As a part of composite culture, pilgrims to the shrine put Lachcha (red and yellow threads) around the neck or hand, paste sandal at mazar,  tie threads at shrine as a mark of vows (Mannat, Murad, Manokamna), and crack coconuts at the door steps of Dargah. The shrine is lighted at dusk for the six-day festival and features night-long qawwali singing.

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