Every year in the first 6 days of the Islamic month of Rajjab, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims journey to Ajmer, Rajasthan to worship at the shrine of Moinuddin Chisti.
The death of a Sufi Saint is celebrated rather than mourned and so during the Urs festival the streets of Ajmer are swollen with a wild mix of pilgrims, hawkers, beggars, musicians and pickpockets.
Moinuddin Chisti was born in 1143 in Iran and it is believed that he travelled to Ajmer after a divine command to spread the beliefs of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam.
Although it is mainly muslims who attend the Urs, the spirit of Sufism is inclusive and followers of other religions are welcomed.
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