Even as devotees throng the 751st annual Urs at Piran Kaliyar Dargah in Roorkee, Haridwar district, an example of communal harmony is being witnessed daily. Though Hindus also revere and visit the dargah of the 13th century Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Sabir Kalyari, the Muslims constitute a greater number of the saint’s devotees. Most of the Muslim devotees visiting this dargah also earn spiritual merit by bathing in the waters of the holy river Ganga flowing in the Ganga Canal.
In the nearby city of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganga different aspects of the Sanatan Dharm are practised with the Ganga river playing a major role. Not far from Haridwar, at Piran Kaliyar, the water of the Ganga is being venerated for its spiritual power by Muslim devotees visiting the Sufi saint’s shrine.
Talking to The Pioneer, the Manglaur MLA Qazi Nizamuddin said that the Ganga river has always been a symbol of the nation’s cultural heritage. He quoted from the book of Maulana Kasim which states that the water of Ganga never gets spoiled even when stored for long. He has compared the water of the Ganga to the holy Zamzam water of Mecca. He also added that Maulana Kasim had attained his enlightenment (basharat) at Gaumukh, where the Ganga originates in Uttarkashi district.
It is pertinent to mention here that Piran Kaliyar is located on the outskirts of Roorkee city. It is famed for its mystical powers of fulfilling the desires of devotees.
The annual Urs is celebrated at this dargah from the first day of sighting the moon to the sixteenth day during the Rabeeull month of the Islamic calendar.
It was started on October 29 this year and has been visited by devotees from across the nation and abroad since then.
On Wednesday, Prahlad Modi, the brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the shrine and offered a chadar on the tomb of the Sufi saint.