LAHORE - The three day ceremony of 970th Urs of Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh started with ‘Chadar Poshi of the Mazar and inauguration of ‘Milk Sabeel’ with full fervor and zeal on Sunday.
With tradition style, devotees kept pouring in to pay homage to great Sufi of the sub-continent Hazrat Ali-Bin-Usman Al-Hajveri known as Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh (a.r) on the first day of Urs from across the country. Holding ‘chadars’ and dancing on drums, they danced their way to show love to the great sufi.
Federal Minister for Finance & Revenue Economic Affairs and Chairman Religious Affairs Committee Data Darbar Muhammad Ashaq Dar and Provincial Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Mian Atta Muhammad Maneka performed Chadar poshi and placed a floral wreath on the Mazar.
After the Chadar Poshi, Malik Sabeel was inaugurated where Prominent Naat Khawans presented naats. Provincial Ministers including Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Bilal Yaseen, secretary for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Saqib Aziz, Director General Hassan Rizvi and the guests including Syed Yawar Ali, Mian Imran Ali Yousaf, Sohail Zia Butt, Haji Azizur Rehman Chan and Muhammad Afzal Janjua were also present.
Talking to the media, provincial minister for Auqaf and Religious Affaris Atta Muhammad Maneka said that special security and boarding & lodging arrangements had been made for the devotees visiting the Mazar.
Maneka said that lunger and mil sabeel would continue round the clock for devotees.
He said that 1700 officials of police had been deputed for security while security guards of volunteer organisations would also perform duty on the occasion. He said that walkthrough gates and metal detectors had also been installed at on main gates.