The city of Ajmer is located in central Rajasthan, and is held in great reverence by devotees of all communities who call it 'Ajmer Sharif' (Holy Ajmer). It is here that the mortal remains of the highly respected Sufi
saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti lie buried.
The Khwaja arrived from Persia and established the Chishtia purchase of fakirs in India. He's popularly called Gharib Nawaz (protector from the bad) for the reason that he devoted his whole everyday life to the support of mankind. His Spartan everyday living spanned nearly a hundred many years and he embraced death in solitude while he had withdrawn to his cell for 6 days, asking not to be disturbed. The Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is the place where the Saint's mortal remains lie buried and will be the internet site with the largest Muslim honest in India. Much more than 5 lakh devotees belonging to various communities gather from all components with the subcontinent to pay out homage towards the Khwaja on his Urs (death anniversary), throughout the very first 6 days of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar.)
The pilgrims who arrive to search for the blessings with the Khwaja make rich offerings known as nazrana in the holy spot where the saint happens to be entombed. The offerings of rose and jasmine flowers, sandalwood paste, perfumes and incense contribute to the fragrance that floats within the air inside the shrine.
Also provided by devotees would be the chadar, ghilaph and neema, which are votive offerings for that tomb. These are brought by devotees on their heads and handed more than towards the khadims inside the sanctum sanctorum. Outside the sanctum sanctorum with the dargah, expert singers referred to as qawwals in groups and sing the praises from the saint inside a characteristic great pitched voice. Persons gather about them and pay attention attentively, often clapping towards the rhythm of their instruments.
The Urs is initiated using the hoisting of the white flag on the dargah through the Sajjada Nashin (successor representative) of Chishtis. It truly is carried out on the 25th of Jamadi-ul-Akhir (sixth lunar month), with the accompaniment of new music. Around the final day with the sixth month, the Jannati-Darwaza (gateway of heaven) is flung open early within the early morning. Individuals cross this gate 7 occasions together with the belief that they'll be assured a place in heaven. On the 1st of Rajab, the tomb is washed with rose water and sandalwood paste and anointed with perfumes. This ritual is called ghusal. The tomb is then coated with an embroidered silk cloth by the Sajjada Nashin.
An intriguing ritual is the looting of kheer (milk-pudding) that is cooked in two huge cauldrons referred to as degs and distributed towards the devotees as tabarruk (blessed meals). On the 6th of Rajab, right after the normal mehfil along with the sound of cracker-bursts accompanied by new music, the Sajjada Nashin performs the ghusal of the tomb. Fatiha and Salamti are read. A poetic recitation called mushaira is arranged during which poets of all communities arrive to recite compositions committed to the Khwaja. The Qul (end-all) on the 6th of Rajab marks the end with the Urs.
At night, religious assemblies known as mehfils are held inside the mehfil-khana, a massive hall meant for this purpose. These are presided more than through the Sajjada Nashin with the dargah. Qawwalis are sung along with the hall is packed to capability. There are separate places reserved for girls who show up at the mehfil. The mehfil terminates late within the night having a mass prayer for the eternal peace from the Khwaja in certain and mankind in general.