The biggest fair of the Muslim calendar (in India) is about to take place between 5th and 22nd June 2010 this year.

The Urs at Ajmer, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, commemorates the anniversary of the Wali Allah Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (the founder of Chishtiya sufi order in India) with six days of night-long dhikr/zikr qawwali singing. The anniversary is celebrated in the seventh month of islamic lunar calendar.

The Khwaja came from Persia and established the Chishti order in India. He is popularly known as Gharib Nawaz (protector of the poor) because he dedicated his entire life to the service of mankind. His spartan life spanned almost a hundred years and he embraced death in solitude while he had withdrawn to his cell for six days, asking not to be disturbed. The Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is the place where the Saint’s mortal remains lie buried and is the site of the largest Muslim fair in India. More than five lakh devotees belonging to different communities gather from all parts of the subcontinent to pay homage to the Khwaja on his Urs (death anniversary) during the first six days of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar.)

Fair Dates: 5th to 22nd June 2010
Location: Ajmer, Rajasthan