The city takes on a festive air. The dargah is doused in the fragrance of incense, ittar and fresh flowers. Large, bright red roses and chaddars made of mogra are carried around as offerings. The sixth day of the Urs is regarded as the most special and auspicious. It is called Chhati Sharif and is celebrated from 10 am. Just before the conclusion of the Chhati Sharif, the Badhaawa (a poem of praise) is sung at the main entrance of the shrine by Qawwals. Badhaawa is a recitation accompanied only by clapping; no musical instrument is played. The end of the ceremony is marked by firing a cannon at 1.30am. Kheer (rice pudding) is cooked in gigantic vessels at the dargah and distributed to visitors. Later at night mehfils (musical gatherings) are held. The music is the highlight of the Urs. The assembly hall is filled with the sound of harmoniums and smaller groups of musicians perform within the various courtyards. The terraces surrounding the dargah echo with qawwali gatherings that last until the wee hours of the morning.
Born in Afghanistan in 1156, Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chishti also known as Garib Nawaz, is one of India’s most revered Muslim saints. He began his religious life at the age of 13, when he distributed his inheritance among the poor and adopted the simple life of a Sufi fakir (priest). Khwaja Sahib and his disciples settled in Ajmer at the beginning of the thirteenth century. Withdrawing into a life of meditation and fasting, he preached a message of renunciation. He insisted on the fundamental unity of all religions. He became one of the first religious figures to bridge the gap between the Hindus and the Muslims. After he died at the age of 97 his followers celebrated his death anniversary with the Ajmer Urs.
March 19 to 27
How to get there?
Approximately 135 kilometres from Ajmer city, Jaipur is the nearest airport to Ajmer. It is well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Ajmer. The journey from airport to the city will take around 2 to 3 hours.
The Ajmer Junction railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow and Kolkata. Once you reach at the station- you can hire either a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach your hotel or anywhere else in the city.
The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. There are also several private tour operators who run buses on this route.
Where to stay?
Shardas Homestay or Hotel Imperial. For more options check here.
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