Sat, 11 May 2013 15:45:00 GMT | By ANI

Devotees throng Ajmer shrine to mark 801st death anniversary of Moinuddin Chishti

People belonging to various faiths from across the country thronged the shrine in the heart of Ajmer to pay obeisance and seek blessing of the Sufi saint

Devotees throng Ajmer shrine to mark 801st Death anniversary of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (© Reuters)

Ajmer: Devotees in large numbers thronged the shrine in Ajmer during the 801st Death anniversary of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti, and took part in religious rituals to mark the commemoration ''Urs'' of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz.

"This is the 801st death anniversary of the Sufi saint and there is a ritual of sandal. On this auspicious day we clear the sandal offered by the devotees in the past one year and later distribute it among the devotees coming from far and nearby places. We also keep the sandal for those devotees who could not attend the ceremony and later we give them when they visit the shrine.

It is believed that sandal cures various diseases and that is the reason devotees take the sandal, keep it in bottles of water and drink that water throughout the year," said Qutubuddin Sikkhi, serviceman at the shrine. Six days of Urs of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz is observed every year in the first week of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar.

"I get peace here and the peace I get by coming here, I don''t get in anywhere. I have come here with a hope and with god''s grace my prayers would be heard. I have come on a very auspicious day which comes once in a year, today the ritual of sandal is performed and I feel lucky to be here. If Khwaja Garib Nawaz blessed me, my dreams would fulfill," said Gulfisha Mirza, television actress.

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