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801th URS of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya

Posted on : May 04, 2020

Its was a fascinating night that comes once in a year. The stars are illuminating and the sufi voice of kawwals are reverberating. Its the Urs of Khwaja Nizammudin Auliya, the great grandson of Garib Nawaz of Ajmer Sharif. Delhi know him from ages and its the 801th birth anniversary of Khawaja. And celebrations are on full bloom.  Time has changed and preparations also. A cake from Oberoi hotels has came for Khawaja’s birthday. This is just the admiration people pay for the sufi saint, who is christened with many charismatic accolades. The great soul was born on hizri 1238 and left his body on hizri 1325. He made his presence felt on time and in the hearts of many who still carry a deep feelings for him. He considered a man of cool temper and divine powers. People come today to get blessings to get rid of their problems. Khawaja Nizammudin's guru was Hazrat Fareeduddin Masood Ganj E Shakar, whose majar is in Pakistan now.  Sufism is considered a revolutionary path to find Allah. Its a mystical, pyscho-spiritual dimension of Islam. The way to find god here goes with music. And Khawja Nizamuddin was a leader of Sufism. Due to his theory of love of god implied a love for humanity, he named as Mehboob-e-ilahi and Sultan-ul-Mashaikh.  Khwaja Nizammudin is remembered for many reasons. He wrote so many kawwalis and famous Shayar Amir Khusrow was his loving disciple. Even when Khwaja sense that he has few days left of his life, he asked Amir to go some other city and when Amir Khusrow returned he didn’t bear the pain and crux it in this couplet, Gori sove sej par, mukh par dale kesh, chal khusro ghar aapne, saanjh bhae chahu desh ( ???? ???? ??? ??, ??? ?????? ???? ?? ????? ?? ????, ???? ??? ??? ????? ????? ???? ?? ?????, ??? ?? ???? ??? ? ??? ????? ??? ?? ?????, ???? ???? ??? ??????) Ameer Khushrow get place next to Khawaja mazar’s after his life.  Apart from Khusro, mughal emperor Shahjahan daughter Jahanara also get cremated in the campus of khawaja. The campus has a mosque which is built by Alauddin Khilji. Everyday the mazar of Khawaja opened with the first namaz of fazar and till 10pm hundreds of devotees came here. On the day of Urs, a special bath of the mazar is performed around 2am every year, the rose water which is used to wash the mazar is considered holy and people take it as a divine offering.  Khawaja Nizamuddin was famous for one of his statement - Unoos Dilli Doorasht ( Delhi is faraway). He said it for emperor GhiyasuddinTughlaq, who announced to kill the khwaza when he was on the way to delhi after winning some war. But he died at the entry point of delhi. The words of Khawaja considered as the almighty’s wish.  The sufi saint left his imprints on the life and way of millions, on Urs devotees all over the world came to get blessings and sight. The place become lively every Thursday when kawalli programmes held in the evening and on Urs its like a different world.