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Urs festival commences with flag ceremony in Ajmer Sharif
With the flag ceremony taking place today, the Urs Festival in Ajmer Sharif has begun that will last till May 9. The Jannati Darwaza will open on May 1 and close on 6, while Namaz-e-Zumma will be held on May 9. The World Most Famous Urs Festival called the Urs Mubarak of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz in Ajmer Sharif city of Rajasthan has taken off with pilgrims flocking to the city.

Delhi government has made elaborate arrangements at Burari ground in the form of twenty-day transit camp for pilgrims coming from all across India to attend the Urs at Ajmer, reported TOI. It is informed that the lieutenant governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung has already reviewed the arrangements.

Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, popularly known as Gharib Nawaz, was born in 1141 and died in 1236 CE. He introduced and established the Chishti Order of the Indian Subcontinent. His shrine, Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Sharif, is an international wakf managed under the 'Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act, 1955' of Government of India. The dargah is visited by Muslim, Hindus and Sikhs with reverence as a symbol of inter-communal harmony.

Several lakh pilgrims from the Indian sub-continent, and from other parts of the world – assemble at his tomb on the occasion of his 'Urs' or death anniversary. According to the management of the Urs festival, the shrine has become the symbol of composite culture that had struck deep roots in the psyche of people from various religions.

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