The three-day 979th Urs celebrations of great saint Syed Ali Abul Hasan bin Usman Hajveri, popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh (RA), began in Lahore on Thursday.

Special food stalls have been set up at designated places of the shrine for the general public attending the Urs celebrations. Food would be doled out round-the-clock among the visitors and devotees during the three-day celebrations.

However, the Lahore police have put in place strict security arrangements for the annual Urs. The police personnel have been deployed on nearby rooftops to keep an eye on any suspicious activity and the vehicles of Dolphin Squad and Police Response Unit would conduct patrolling in areas nearby to deal with any untoward incident.

The devotees would be allowed to enter the shrine through walk through gates and their checking by metal detectors at the entry points.