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Devout move: Sandal paste pot being carried in a decorated chariot during the annual Urs festival of Hazarath Thable Alam Badhusha Nathervali Dargah in Tiruchi on Saturday.
Devout move: Sandal paste pot being carried in a decorated chariot during the annual Urs festival of Hazarath Thable Alam Badhusha Nathervali Dargah in Tiruchi on Saturday.

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: A large number of devotees from different parts of the country participated in the 1012th annual Urs festival of the Sufi Saint Hazrath Thable Alam Badusha Nathervali held on the Dargah premises in the city in the early hours of Saturday.

The fortnight-long Urs festival commenced with the hoisting of the holy flag on August 21 and installation of the Banwa Jama Sarguru.

Decorated chariot

The pot containing the sandal paste was brought to the dargah in a decorated chariot from Gandhi Market.

The sandal paste was anointed on the tomb of Hazrath Thable Alam Badsha, who was the first Sufi saint to visit this part of the country, by Khalifa Syed Mazharuddin Khalandar Suharwardy.

Fakirs

Later, the fakirs belonging to the five Jamas of Sha Banwa, Sha Malang, Sha Tabkhat, Sha Jalal and Sha Rifayee and the Muzawars also anointed the sandal paste on the tomb of the saint in the presence of the chief executive trustee (CET), A. D. B. Badhushas, and hereditary trustee Khalifa M. Syed Ghulam Rasool Suharwardy.

A. K. Yussouf, national president of the Builders’ Association of India, was among those who participated in the Urs festival celebrations.

Special prayers

Special Fathiha (prayers) was offered to seek the blessings of the saint.

Discourses

Recital of Maulood Shariff, discourses, rendering of Qawwali songs by the famous qawwals from all over the country and singing of other devotional songs marked the occasion.

In connection with the festival, the tomb of the Sufi saint was cleaned on Thursday with the water from River Cauvery, which was brought in a procession by the devotees.

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