Urs is an Arabic word meaning wedding, is the death anniversary of a Sufi saint in South Asia, usually held at the saint’s dargah (shrine or tomb). In most Sufi orders such as Naqshbandiyyah, Suhrawardiyya, Chishtiyya, Qadiriyya, Bukhari, etc. the concept of Urs exists and is celebrated with enthusiasm. The devotees refer to their saints as lovers of God, the beloved. Urs rituals are generally performed by the custodians of the shrine or the existing Shaikh of the silsila. The celebration of Urs ranges from Hamd to Naat and in many cases includes the singing of religious music such as qawwali. The celebration also features food samples, bazaar, and various kinds of shops.
The Urs of Hazrat Syed Hussain Sharfuddin Shah Wilayat at Dargah Sharif in Ajmer attracts more than 400,000 devotees each year and is regarded as one of the most famous urs festivals around the world.
Hazrat Shah Wilayat
Hazrat Shah Wilayat's Urs
Urs of Hazrat Syed Hussain Shahrfuddin Shah Wilayat is celebrated on 21st of Rajab( 7th month of islamic calender ) in Amroha. It is a large gathering of people of different culture and devotees. Naqvi Syeds, who are in the blood line of Hazrat Shah Wilayat call him Dade Shah Wilayat or simply Dade ji. People from different places of the city walk to the Dargah of Hazrat Shah Wilayat with some Holy sheets of cloth. The walk Starts from the street of Baqar Qasabo, and other streets join it as it passes through that street. Some musicians sings Qawwali with the walk all the way to dargah. The rituals of Urs are performed by both Shia and Sunni people, which include recitation of Quranic verses and then a person reads out loud, the Shajra( family tree of Hazrat Shah wilayat upto Hazrat Ali ). Qawwalis are performed outside the Dargah in a big field.