Guntur: The annual Urs-e-Shareef festivities of renowned Sufi saint of the region, Hazrath Kale Mastan Sha Vali, commenced in Guntur city on Monday. Thousands of pilgrims of different faiths from across the state thronged the dargah from the early hours to offer prayers.
The dargah management headed by trustee Raavi Rammohan Rao had made arrangements for one of the biggest religious events of the city. City police placed traffic restrictions on the highway passing through the dargah road by diverting vehicles entering and exiting the city.
“This urs celebration of Hazrath Kale Mastan Sha Vali is an example of social unity and brotherhood. The harmonious coexistence of various religions, sects and beliefs is a magnificent heritage of our country,” said senior BJP leader and former minister Kanna Lakshminarayana.
“Urs celebrations started with decoration of the tomb of Baba with sandalwood and procession of holy sandalwood to the dargah,” said trustee Rammohan Rao. Holy prasadam will be distributed on Tuesday, along with feeding the needy, Quran recitation and Gyarmi Sharif will be held on Wednesday and annadanam for fakirs on Thursday. Celebrations will come to an end on Friday with the installation of Baba’s chair in its place, the trustee said.