Ajmer, Feb 16 (PTI) Harmonious co-existence of various religions, sects and beliefs associated with them is a magnificent heritage of our country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a message on Tuesday as a 'chadar' was offered on his behalf at Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's shrine here.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offered the chadar on the occasion of the 809th Urs and also read out the message of the prime minister in which he had conveyed greetings to the followers of Moinuddin Chishti on the occasion of the annual Urs.
The minister said Modi is “Personality committed to the culture of Sufi saints” and “devoted to good governance and inclusive development”, according to a release from Naqvi's office.
Naqvi said tolerance and harmony is the DNA of India and nobody can defame and demolish the proud legacy of the country.
The prime minister, in his message, said, “Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, who has left an indelible imprint on society with his Sufi thoughts, is the ideal symbol of our great spiritual traditions. Promoting the spirit of love, unity, service and harmony, Gharib Nawaz's values and views will always continue to inspire humanity.” Modi, in his message, said the annual celebration is a beautiful example of social unity and brotherhood.
“Harmonious co-existence of various religions, sects and beliefs associated with them is a magnificent heritage of our country,” the prime minister said in the message.
The Urs festival is an annual festival held at Ajmer which commemorates the death anniversary of the Sufi saint. Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine from all over India and abroad during the Urs.
On the occasion, Naqvi said the life of Gharib Nawaz gives inspiration to strengthen the commitment to communal and social harmony.
“This unity can defeat the forces, who are engaged in the conspiracy to create divide and conflict in the society. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's message is an effective commitment to peace across the world,” Naqvi said.
The minister also inaugurated the newly constructed block of 88 toilets at Dargah premises.
Apart from the toilets, he also inaugurated a shelter house where accommodation arrangements have been made for about 500 women pilgrims.
These facilities have been constructed for the first time on the Dargah premises.
He also inaugurated Gate No-5 of the Dargah and the fourth floor of the guest house at Dargah premises.PTI SDA DV DV