Things to do during the Urs Festival in Ajmer
The Urs Festival is an annual festival held in Ajmer, Rajasthan, which is a commemoration of the death anniversary of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti. This 6-day long festival is conducted from the 1st to the 6th day of Rajab, which is the 7th month as per the Islamic lunar calendar.
The festivities are initiated by hoisting a white flag over the Dargah by successor presentative of the Christis, known as the Sajjada Nashin. The tomb of Moinuddin Chishti is washed with rose water, covered with silk embroidered cloth. The highlight of the festivities is the music and qawwalis or poetic songs which are played in honour of Moinuddin Chishti, with mehfils or religious assemblies and fatihas or mass prayers, and distribution of kheer among devotees also being an essential part of the festivities.
The Urs festival attracts lakhs of pilgrims and followers of Moinuddin Chishti who come across various religions, caste, creed and the festival also attract many travellers who wish to witness and participate in the Urs Festival. Some of the activities travellers can indulge during the Urs Festival include.
Urs Ajmer Fair lets Muslims enjoy to the most. On the actual day, they visit the hallowed dargah of Sufi saint.
Witness Musical and Qawwali Performances Night and Day
The musical and Qawwali performances during the Urs festival is considered the highlight of the festival with musicians sitting on a raised platform outside the Dargah sing songs, qawwalis during the 6-day Urs festivals. There are various sessions of poetry recitation at night, professionally trained singers sing devotional songs and poetry in praise of the Sufi saint.
Also, many Mehfils or gathers are organised with live musical performances in packed halls. Each mehfil is concluded with a mass prayer for eternal peace for the spirit of the saint and entire humankind.
Indulge in Delicious Kheer offered to the devotees.
Kheer making is an essential ritual during the Urs festival with sweet rice and milk is cooked gigantic cauldrons also called as degs. This kheer is considered as a blessed food and is distributed among devotees who visit the dargah to pay homage to the Suf Saint.
Witness a spectacular display of fireworks
The night sky in Ajmer Shareef is filled with a colourful and spectacular firework display during the Urs festival. The firework display on the last day of the Urs festival is considered to be the grandest and the most extravagant fireworks display during the Urs Festival.
Sight-seeing in Pushkar
Pushkar is a small town just a few kilometres from Ajmer and is known for its camel fair called as the Pushkar Mela. Travellers can visit Pushkar for sight-seeing or indulge in various activities for which Pushkar is famous.
Some of these such as experience authentic Rajasthani Culture, indulge in Rajasthani cuisine, experience a hot air balloon ride exploring the beautiful landscape from hundreds of feet above ground, visit the sacred Pushkar Lake, shop at local markets or bazaars at Pushkar, indulge in horseback or camel safari to explore the town and its neighbouring regions etc.
Visit the Anasagar Lake
This man-made lake was built during the 12th Century, and beautiful gardens were built around the lake by various Mughal emperors over time. The Anasagar Lake is home to a wide variety of migratory birds. Travellers can ride on a boat in the lake a witness pod of pelicans and seagulls by the lake. This lake is a famous picnic spot with the feeding of the catfish being a favourite activity.
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