Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti
Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer is the biggest attraction for
the Muslims. Over two lakh Muslims assemble here to pay homage to the
memory of the saint at his dargah (mausoleum). The localities around the
dargah present gay spectacle on this occasion. Many devotees arrange
feasts, known as Niyaz for the poor. Rich among the devotees arrange qawwalis
and recitations of Milad Sharif. During the qawwalis, many spectators
go into trance, quivering and moving their bodies briskly, repeating the
refrain of the qawwalis along with qawwals. This state of trance is known
as hal and often scores of people are affected by it.
Pilgrims make rich offerings at the holy spot where
the Khwaja is entombed in the dargah. The Khwaja is believed to possess
miraculous powers and can ensure the birth of a son, cure ailments, ward
off evil spirits and bring good luck. From the architectural point of
view the dargah is unique.