Image of Asia: At the Urs festival commemorating Sufi saint

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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 8:22 AM
Image of Asia: At the Urs festival commemorating Sufi saint

In this photo by Deepak Sharma, Indian Muslims travel in an auto rickshaw during the Urs festival in Ajmer, a city in the western India state of Rajasthan. The Urs festival commemorates the death anniversary of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, founder of the Chishtiya Sufi order in India. Thousands of pilgrims from India and abroad visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah shrine, where the saint's remains are entombed. Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti spent his life in the service of mankind and is known as protector of the poor. The city of Ajmer is decorated to celebrate the six-day religious fair where pilgrims pray for prosperity and peace in their lives and sing devotional songs. Devotees offer jasmine and rose flowers, perfume and chadar, or holy shawls, at the shrine.