Once again, Ajmer is bustling with preparations for a major Sufi festival. The city is abuzz with kalanders, devotees and fakirs, who have
come for the 797th Urs of Khwaja Garib Nawaz Chisti. The Gori family of Bhilwara will officially inaugarate the festival by hoisting the Urs flag on Friday.
“Sufi saint Khwaja Garib Nawaz gave the message of love. People from all religions participate in the Urs,” said S F Hussein Chisti, a khadim. He said that members of the Gori family will come to the dargah sharif and the procession would start at 5 pm. It would go through Langerkhana Gali, Mustafa Bazaar and reach Nizam Gate. The Urs flag would then be hoisted at the dargah.
“People have walked all the way from Bhopal, Delhi, UP and other parts of the country. They want to show their complete devotion to the Khwaja,” said Nadim Gani Chisti.
The dargah bazaars are decorated with clothes, sweets and toys. The devotees can be seen roaming in the market, listening to qawwalis. “The markets are full of people from evening to midnight. Shop-keepers are hoping to do good business,” said Anil Patni, secretary of Dhani Mandi Market Association.
“Usually people come around the third day of the Urs but this year, they have come early,” said Mukesh Jain of Nala Bazaar.
The khadims are making arrangements for their guests while the district administration is taking steps to ensure the safety and comfort of the devotees.
“Two special magistrate camps will be set up around the dargah. They will be functioning 24 hours from June 24,” said the officials.
They also said that three-wheelers have been banned on Taragarh Road to avoid accidents. Meanwhile, Ajmer Dairy will provide milk at several booths at Dargah Bazaar, Naya Bazaar, and Dhai-din-ka Jhopda. “We are also providing milk at three vishram sthalis,” said an official.
The railways have started special trains, which will run from Angola, Nizamabad, Hawara and Siyaldah to Ajmer.