Thousands of devotees from across the country have started to arrive at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar to attend three-day celebrations in connection with the 767th annual Urs of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalanda, which will begin in Sehwan Sharif today (April 24).
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail will inaugurate the three-day Urs celebration by laying chador on the grave. Thousands of devotees from across the country have started to arrive at the shrine for the celebrations. Strict security arrangements have been made in this regard. At least 5000 police personnel and 1000 Rangers officials have been deployed on duty whereas walk-through gates have been installed at all the entry points of the shrine.
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was a Sufi saint and religious-poet of present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is revered and respected by both Muslims and Hindus in the region since he preached religious tolerance between the faiths. The spiritual song “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar”, based on an original version from the 13th century, glorifies the saint and his teachings and in recent decades hase been widely popular within the Indian subcontinent.
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