A large number of people on Sunday participated in the traditional “Sandal Mali”, the procession of sandal paste from Mehbub Gulshan Public Garden in the city to the famous Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, signalling the beginning of the 606th Urs-e-Shareef of Sufi Saint Khwaja Bande Nawaz Gesudiraz.
The sandal paste will be kept in the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah Shareef overnight and anointed on the tomb of the Sufi saint in the mausoleum built by the then Bahamani King Ahmed Shaha Wali Bahamani.
Pilgrims cutting across communal lines swarmed the garden to witness the rituals performed before the beginning of the procession. Devotees from all over the country and from abroad have started descending on this historic city to participate in the urs of the Sufi saint who is held in high esteem by both Muslims and Hindus for his message of compassion and contribution to maintaining communal harmony in the region.
The Railways is operating special trains from Hyderabad and road transport corporations of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are running special buses to this history city for the event.
The dargah shareef has been decorated with lights and buntings and there is festive atmosphere in the city.