Urs, celebration of a saint - Fred Canonge
     
Urs, celebration of a saint
Every year, in March/April, a huge crowd of Muslim devotees from Delhi and beyond come to Nizamuddin Hazrat Aulia's tomb, in New Delhi, to celebrate one of South Asia's most revered Sufi saints, who lived here in XIVth century AD. He and his famous disciple Amir Khusrau, whose tomb lies next to his master's in the holy shrine, are celebrated with much pomp and ostentation during the three day festival of Urs, the saints' death anniversaries.
Fakirs and hijras can also be seen for the occasion, while continuous prayers, flower offerings and qawwali (devotional sufi songs) contribute to create an intense and very holy atmosphere.

New Delhi, March 2011
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