The Holy Urs Fair
Urs Festival of Ajmer Sharif is held in the holy town of Ajmer in
Rajasthan, India. The Urs Fair is held in honour of the Sufi saint, Khwaja
Moinuddin Chishti. On this occasion a special prayers are offered at the
mosque and huge amount of consecrated food is offered to the pilgrims cooked
in the large, steaming cauldrons.
The Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan is marked with quwwallis - sung at
night. The celebrations the unite people of all faiths, and the complete
town is decorated with buntings and wears the spirit of festivity.
Urs Festival is an occasion for thousands of devout to congregate at the
shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to be in a festive mood
and several programmes are organised to mark the festivals.
Ajmer Sharif is the final resting place for 'Gharib-Nawaz', Moinuddin
Chishti is located in Ajmer. People of all religions visit the Dargah of
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Khwaja left for heavenly abode in 1256 AD
after a six day prayer in seclusion. These six days are celebrated every
year as the annual Urs, which is attended by innumerable pilgrims
irrespective of their faith. The shrine is considered to be a place of wish
fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts.
Part of the Fair
The Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer Sharif is one place of
worship, where people from all the walks of life come to offer there respect
for the Sufi Saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The place is thronged by
several thousand pilgrims at the time of Urs Festival. It is considered to
be a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure
If you are planning to make it, for the coming Urs festival, then plan your
tour to Ajmer Sharif accordingly. You can reach Ajmer either by air, train
Ajmer is close to Jaipur (135km), the capital city of Rajasthan. If one
wishes to board a flight, then one has to take the route,
Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer. Ajmer doesn't have its own airport. The closest airport
from Ajmer is the airport at Jaipur. From there you can either board a train
or bus or any other means of communication, available regularly.
Ajmer is also directly connected by train from Delhi and other major cities
of Rajasthan. If you are planning travel to Ajmer by road then, you can
either pick a private vehicle or also Rajasthan Roadways buses - plied
regularly from Delhi.
Once in Ajmer, the Dargah is about 4 kms from the railway station and
another 5 kms from the bus terminal. It can easily be reached either by
hiring an auto rickshaw or taking a brisk 15-minute walk.