Urs, Colors, Life @ Its Peak

Bari Imam was an eminent sufi saint belonging to the Qadri silsila of tareeqat. His real name was Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi. When he arrived in a village in suburbs of Islamabad (obviously not existent then), it was town inhabited by dacoits. It’s been said that due to his saintly ways and blessed presence, he preached the denizens of the town turned to pious ways of life. (If any one can confirm or elaborate this information??!??)

His yearly urs, celebrated in these days of the year, is attended by thousands of devotees from all over the country.

The urs, now becoming a festivity for many city dwellers and people coming from across various villages, started this Monday. While coming to office, many people (more like a caravan) were spotted carrying brightly coloured flags, flowers, walking their way towards Bari Imam (miles away from the margalla road) bare foot. Isn’t it a bit odd, since Islam prohibits self-torture …!

Let’s have a picturesque account of preparations of the Urs courtesy many newspapers :>


Diyyay are lit at the shrine of Hazrat Bari Imam at Nurpur Shahan.


A pilgrim sticks a picture of the Bari Imam shrine onto his son’s clothes at the shrine of the 17th-century Muslim saint during his five-day annual Urs.


A vendor selling folk ornaments at the urs of Bari Imam.

PS: If you’re a photographer or interested in capturing life … belive me it’s teh perfect chance :-)


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