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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top experiences you must not miss in Ajmer?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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You are in for a change of thought if you doubted the existence of a divine force, for Ajmer holds a record of doing that. The air, the sand grains, the marketplace, the whole city thrives on religion that’s deeply rooted. It’s one of the typical experiences of the place and you just can’t override it. To know what I mean, you just can’t miss it:

  • Urs Festival

It’s celebrated in May, the exact days depending upon the sighting of moon. The six day festival is held in the memory of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, a highly revered Sufi saint. Going by the legends, the saint left for heavenly abode after serving people for over a century by going in seclusion for six days. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world visit Ajmer during Urs. It starts with the hoisting of a white flag over the dargah of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, with free flowing music serving the perfect backdrop. Festivities (mehfils) continue late in nights, devotees clapping in perfect symphony to the singers and musicians. The sixth day of Urs, Chatti Sharif, is considered as the most auspicious of all the days. Badhaawa (a poem of praise) is the main attraction of this day and being a part of the mass that sways with music is an out-of-the-world experience. It’s advisable to book a hotel beforehand if you are visiting Ajmer during Urs, for the place brims of tourists from India and abroad.

  • Dargah Sharif

Also known as Ajmer Sharif, it’s the shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti. The shrine has the grave of the revered saint and sees a continuous pouring of devotees of all religions. It’s believed that the saint was directed to come to India in a dream by Prophet Muhammed. The festival of Urs is celebrated at the dargah every year in May, during which the Jannati Darwaza (main gates) are opened to devotees. Take a bow in the sea of inter religious harmony that’s the order of the day here. You can offer flowers, mainly roses, incense sticks and chadders at the dargah. It’s believed that no wish made at the dargah goes unfulfilled. Join the ranks of the millions of devotees that visit the place and leave for home blessed.

Address: 11 Faiz Manzil

Dargah Sharif


Telephone: +91-145-24266590

Official Website:http://www.ajmersharif.org/

Built in 1865, this marvelous structure is one of the best built Jain temples in the whole of Rajasthan. Also known as the Lal Mandir, it’s dedicated to Lord Adinath and has got some of the most exquisite carvings in gold. Walk around the two parts that it’s divided in to pay respect to the lord in the first one and to walk the corridors of the museum in the other one. The interiors of the museum are all in gold and is decorated with Belgium stain glass and paintings in mineral colour. Steal some moments of solitude and sit in the inner prayer chambers, where silver balls hanging from the roof will surely take your breath away.

Address: Prithiviraj Marg



When you talk of Ajmer, you just can’t rule out the religious quotient, such is the experience here. Even the not so devout walk in to the city, only to lose themselves in the piousness.

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