“Data di Naggrii” te “Data da Urs”

“Data di Naggri” is celebrating annual Urs of this great Saint.

Thousands of people travel by foot with chaadars spreak out; dancing on the rhythm of Dhol beats and collecting nazrana. I witnessed such a group of people heading from Qainchi to Data Darbar.

“Punjab Governor Lt General (r) Khalid Maqbool will inaugurate Data Gunj Buksh’s 962nd Urs today (Sunday).

Millions of devotees from all parts of the country have arrived in Lahore to attend the event, one of the country’s largest spiritual gatherings, to pay tribute to the great Muslim saint. The Urs will continue for three days.

Punjab government has allocated Rs 2.5 million for special arrangements for the Urs, including a ‘langar’ and a ‘sabeel’, and the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has planned to announce a local holiday on the occasion. Punjab Governor Lt General (r) Khalid Maqbool will lay a floral wreath and chador at the shrine and inaugurate the milk ‘sabeel’ after Isha prayer.”

“Police authorities have been directed to ensure law and order at the shrine on the occasion, especially during the distribution of food. Closed circuit cameras have been installed at various places in the shrine including its golden gate. Police and the CDGL encroachment squad have been directed to remove encroachments from the Lower Mall, Darbar Road, Monhi Road and Ravi Road. Authorities have also set up a special centre for missing children was established outside the Darbar. A public address system will be installed at the shrine for the first time, for announcements relating to missing people. Provincial Auqaf Department officials have been directed to remain present at the shrine.

Talking to Daily Times Kamran, a local devotee, said he had been coming to the shrine since his childhood. “The great saint taught inter religious harmony,” he said.

Data Gunj Bukhsh was born in 400AH (10th Century AD) and wrote a large number of books on Islamic teachings, the most famous being ‘Kashaful Mahjoob’. Originally written in Persian, the book won instant admiration and was subsequently translated by followers in many languages.

According to a senior administration committee official, 250 cauldrons and 200,000 ‘naans’ will be distributed every day and about 50,000 people will donate thousands of litres of milk on the occasion.

Seven food distribution centres will be supervised by seven separate committees inside the shrine. Administration committee members said a number of volunteers had been deputed for the arrangements.”

Source: Dailytimes.com.pk

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