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Text by Yousuf Saeed
16 days after Id-ul-fitr, many Muslims and some non-Muslims in and around
Delhi take part in another festive occasion they call the Satrahvin
Sharif - literally Holy Seventeenth. This is the Urs or death anniversary
of Hazrat Amir Khusrau, the favourite companion of 12th century Saint
Nizamuddin Aulia. Thousands of people throng the twin Dargah (tomb)
and offer their nazrana (of flowers, chadurs and sweets), say
the fatehas (oblation), tie threads of mannat (vow) on
the tombs jali, or just sit there listening to ecstatic Qawwalis.
There is also Charaghan (illumination with lamps) inside the
tomb, and outside, everyone makes merry in a colourful fete, which goes
on for three to four days.