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Bangladeshi devotees take special train for West Bengal’s Urs celebration

  • The Urs is being held at Twin Mosque in Medinipur
  • The special train service was started in 1953
Update : 17 Feb 2024, 04:53 PM

A special train carrying 2,256 devotees, including women and children, has departed from Rajbari in Bangladesh to Medinipur, West Bengal, to participate in the “116th International Urs” commemorating the death anniversary of Sufi-saint Hazrat Syed Murshed Ali Al-Qaderi Al-Baghdadi.

The Urs is being held at Twin Mosque in Medinipur.

The train initiated its journey from Rajbari railway station at 10pm on Tuesday and reached Medinipur station around 5am local time on Friday. The initiative was led by Anjuman-e-Kaderiya Rajbari.

Medinipur Municipality welcomed the devotees upon their arrival, with Soumen Khan, Mayor of Medinipur Municipality, presenting flowers to the passengers.

The Urs festival is held in remembrance of the 23rd descendant of Hazrat Syed Shah Abdul Quader Jilani, Bara Pir Ghowsul Azam, who passed away on the 4th day of Falgun.

Devotees from Bangladesh and various countries join the festival, paying homage to the Sufi-saint.

The special train service, established in 1953 to facilitate the travel of Muslims from Bangladesh to Urs, had faced disruptions in 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the resumption of the service in 2023 allowed pilgrims to once again travel to Medinipur to participate in the Urs festival.

Devotees have been visiting significant sites, including the mausoleum of the twin mosque in Medinipur city, the residence of the Sufi-saint, Dayarapak, and “Striganj Park” on the banks of the river “Kansai” since Tuesday.

Abdul Waheed, former secretary of Medinipur Town Muslim Committee and fair committee member, highlighted the seamless coordination to ensure a smooth pilgrimage experience for the devotees arriving by train and other modes of transportation.

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