Religion

Devotees reach Sehwan for Qalandar’s three-day Urs

HYDERABAD: Thousands of devotees including men, women and children from across the country have begun to pour in holy town of Sehwan of Jamshorodistrict on Wednesday to pay homage to Hazrat Usman Marvendi, popularly known as ‘Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’ on the eve of his 759th three- day annual Urs celebrations. The Urs celebration is setting from from Thursday morning.

Majority of devotees from Punjab and other provinces of the country already arrived  at Sehwan town and started establishing camps there  while a temporary shopping centre has also been set up by the shopkeepers who came from different parts of Sindh.

All restaurants and tea houses have also been decorated with colourful buntings and the wrestlers of traditional Sindhi wrestling “Malakhra” as well as the local artists have also encamped in the town to present their performance during the Urs celebrations.

According to the organisers, the Sindh Governor is expected to inaugurate  the Urs celebrations by laying wreaths and offering Fateha at the Mazar of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Shahbaz Mela Committee, headed by Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro Nasir Abbas Soomro has finalised the arrangements for the Urs celebrations in  a befitting manner.

According to the program, the Urs celebrations will start with the inauguration by  the Sindh Governor.

Later,  Chairman District Development Committee Malik Asad Sikandar will inaugurate the Agro-Industrial Exhibition while on the same day, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro will be the chief guest at the Malakhra competition and Sindh Wildlife Minister Dr. Daya Ram Esrani will be the chief guest at “Sugharan-ji-Katcheri”  (a literary gathering)  in the evening.

On July 22, Sindh Culture Minister Ms Sassui Palijo will preside over  a Literary Conference. On the last day of the Urs celebrations, Sindh Chief Minister will be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony. MNA Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur will be the chief guest at the award distribution ceremony on the night of July 23, 2011.

The district administration  has also adopted strict security measures to maintain law and order situation in the town during  the three- day Urs celebrations.

The police have been deployed in different parts of the town with installation of close circuit cameras and walk- through gates at the mazar of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. Special arrangements have also been made to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the town as well as on the Indus Highway.

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Saleem Shaikh

The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.

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