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Delayed rains worry pilgrims

Since he left his home in Hingoli district five days ago to join the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi at Dehu on June 15,Hanuman Pawar has been calling his home daily to find out if it has rained.

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Urs of Rais Miyan in Bareilly district

Bareilly, Mar 01 (ANI): A two-day Urs of Hazrat Miya Chisti, also known as Urs-e-Chisti, is the biggest Urs observed in Bareilly. It was attended by thousands of devotees who came from different parts of the country to pay their respects to the saint, and seek his blessings. Devotees from different regions together held the sacred cloth in memory of the Spiritual Saint. The teary-eyed believers offered silent prayers at the shrine and sought the saint's blessings. The chanting of Quran verses on the occasion made for a peaceful atmosphere. A special offering was also distributed among the devotees, who consider it to be a cure for several diseases. A religious Qawalli in the memory of the Saint was also offered on the occasion. Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music which is performed mainly at Sufi shrines or Dargahs throughout South Asia. It is one of the musical traditions date back to more than 700 years.

Tanarthi Festival celebrated by people of all faiths

Karnataka, Mar 01 (ANI): Thousands of people walk through the lanes of Gulbarga city in southern Karnataka to celebrate the Tanarthi festival of Kori Siddeswara and seek his blessings.The reflection of faith is also seen in every nook and corner of the city as devotees from different parts of the country marched together at night with illuminated lamps on their heads. The handmade lamps of flour spread brightness and happiness in every lane. Devotees light up the cotton wick and take rounds of the temple with the hope to get blessings from Kori Siddeswara. Kori Siddeswara was a revered spiritual personality who believed in humanity and good will. Devotees come here thrice every year with a belief that the lord will take away their misfortunes and bless them with a peaceful life. The southern Karnataka province is a melting pot of many religious philosophies with its profound influence on people. It has led to a new social set-up full of values, and discipline which contributes to a healthy and amicable social order.

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Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya held in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): The Urs of Nizamuddin Auliya, also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin , at 'Nizammudin Dargah' is one of the biggest religious fairs observed in New Delhi. It was the 712th Urs of Sufi Saint attended by thousands of devotees who come from different parts of the country to pay their respects to the noble soul, and seek his blessings. Hazrat Nizamuddin was a revered Sufi Saint who believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. For him his love of God implied love for humanity and vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of secularity and kindness. People offered silent prayers in memory of the Saint and paid obeisance to him. Later, religious Qawalli in the memory of the Saint was also offered to mark the occasion Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music which is performed mainly at Sufi Shrines or Dargah's throughout South Asia. It is one of the musical traditions that stretch back for more than 700 years.

Urs of a Sufi saint Baji Ismail held in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, Feb 08 (ANI): People from different communities gathered at the shrine to celebrate the 46th Urs of Baji Ismail Sahib at the Jandi Morh area in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. Thousands of devotees come from different parts of the country to pay their respects to the saint and seek his blessings. The sense of togetherness, love and respect was also seen among the people sharing meals on one large metal plate. The food is also believed to be a cure for diseases. Several arrangements were made for the people to offer prayers in the memory of the Saint. To mark the occasion, a speech on the history of shrine was also organized to spread awareness among the people. People also read religious texts and Quranic verses for spiritual peace. Such occasions help maintain unity and peace across a diverse country like India.

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