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Monday, May 13, 2013

Sonia Gandhi offers "Chadar" to Ajmer Sharif shrine

New Delhi: Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi sent a "Chadar" as an offering to the Ajmer Sharif shrine on Sunday.

The dargah of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti is hosting the religious fair called Urs marking the 801st death anniversary of the Sufi saint that began on Friday. Millions of devotees from all parts of the world visit the saint's shrine during the Urs ceremony. Moin-ud-din Chishti is believed to have been born in 1142 AD. Since his ancestors belonged to a town named Chishti, people began calling him by that name.

Chishti, who preached tolerance and unity of all religions, died in Ajmer where his tomb has become a shrine for millions of people. In 1236 AD, the saint entered his cell to pray in seclusion for six days, at the end of which he died. Since then Urs has been celebrated for six days every year.  It is believed that praying at the tomb of the saint fulfils a person's wishes.

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