LAHORE: The three-day celebrations of the 974th Urs of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Sheikh Ali Hajveri, known as Data Ganj Bakhsh continued for the second day in Lahore on Thursday. The Urs began yesterday (Wednesday) after laying chaddar (shawl) at the shrine.
The Punjab government has made special security arrangements and security officials have been deputed on rooftops to ensure the peaceful and smooth Urs celebrations.
Containers have been placed at Bhatti Chowk, Kacheri Chowk, Circular Road, Karbala Gamay Shah Chowk whereas passageways surrounding the mazaar have been closed through barbed wires.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees from all over the country reached in the City to pay homage to the great Sufi saint. Dancing on the drum beat, the devotees lay chaddars on the grave. Milk sabeels (free distribution of milk points) have been set up where a huge number of devotees thronged to drink the milk.
The Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh is said to be the biggest event of the province which attracts more than three million devotees from across the country every day during three days.