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His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers prayer at Ajmer Sufi shrine

July 12, 2008
July 10, 2008 @ 06:13 pm BST

Ajmer -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the revered Ajmer Sharif
shrine in Rajasthan Wednesday morning to offer prayers on the
occasion of "Urs", the 796th death anniversary of Sufi saint, Khwaja
Moin-ud-Din Chishti.

The Tibetan Spiritual leader offered prayers at the Dargah Sharif
during his two days visit to Rajasthan.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said promotion of harmony for lasting
world peace has been his life-long commitment.

"All major religions of the world present the same potential to
promote wholeheartedness or compassion. Through that way, genuine and
lasting world peace can exist. You know for that reason, harmony
among different traditions is very essential. This is my life-long
commitment," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Thousands of devotees congregate at the Ajmer Sharif shrine every
year to offer prayers on the occasion of Urs, which began on 5 July this year.

The shrine is a symbol of religious convergence as people of all
religions throng here in large numbers with the belief that all their
wishes would be fulfilled once they offer prayers at the shrine.

An estimated one million devotees from India and abroad visit the
saint's shrine during the six-day long Urs. The shrine also brings
devotees from neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The annual gathering is considered to be second largest congregation
of Muslims at one place after Mecca.
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