126 pilgrims from Pakistan arrived here to pay obeisance at Rouza Sharif Urs, which began today. The pilgrims were accorded warm welcome by local authorities upon their arrival at Sirhind railway station. Some pilgrims, however, complained they were facing problems due to deomoenisiation and finding it difficult to use Rs 2,000 currency notes. The 3-day annual Rouza Sharif Urs at the tomb of Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui in Sirhind, considered one of the holiest places in Islam will conclude on November 29. Large number of Muslims from various parts of the country are attending the urs. The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for holding of the Urs in front of Baba Moti Ram Memorial Trust building near Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib. Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha informed that the district administration has made adequate arrangements of bus services, parking space, drinking water and health facilities and uninterrupted power supply in the area which aer likely to be visited by the devotees. Health authorities have been asked to make proper arrangement of medicines so that devotees do not face any problem, Sangha said. He said enough security arrangements have also been made. Rouza Sharif's Khalifa Mohd Sadiq Raja said special arrangements have been made for boarding and lodging of pilgrims, which includes facility of a community kitchen. Observed every year in 'Safer' month of Muslim calendar, the Urs provides an opportunity not only to Muslims but also Hindus and Sikhs to pay obeisance to the saint. Rouza Sharif is situated on the Fatehgarh Sahib-Bassi Pathana road and the shire, built in 1929, is in the vicinity of the Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib. Sheikh Ahmad was the most eminent of Khwaja Baqi Billah's disciples.
Around 1599, he had left Sirhind on a pilgrimage and reached Delhi where he was welcomed by Khwaja Billah.
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