Urs – The Spirit of Devotion at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia

Journey with Sufis into the heart of devotees

Eyetalk

January 6, 2018

/ By and / New Delhi



The festive season of Diwali, Christmas and New Year is followed by the festival of Urs, which memorialises the death anniversary of Sufi (a sect of Islam) saints by celebrating their lives. Located in the Indian capital New Delhi, the Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin is considered one of the most sacred places for the celebration of this festival as it is the shrine of 14th century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. This festival is cherished by pilgrims and visitors, not only from the country but from around the world.

The Urs festival, which revolves around the Muslim majority of the country, is celebrated for four to six days. During the celebrations, the dargah, which is a shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure, sees women and men gathering here after namaaz (prayer). The site itself is a thing of marvel with its distinct architectural style and artefacts lining the shrine wall. These walls are also decorated with embedded jewels and various forms of artwork.

Thousands of people from different parts of the world come to Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin during this time to be immersed in the festive aura that dazzles throughout the night. Qawwali, devotional songs, is a major attraction during this cultural festival. A number of gatherings take place where Urdu poetry about the life and legacy of Auliya is read in public. Apart from prayers, poetry and music, the food available is also something to look forward to, with special sweets and kebabs (grilled meats) being readily available during the festival.

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