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Urs At Galiyakot

The Urs at Galiyakot is held in great esteem by a sect of Ismaili Shia Muslims known as Dawoodi Bohras in Galiyakot. It is a small village which lies at the banks of river Mahi and is located in Tehsil Sagwara of District Dungarpur of Rajasthan. It is located around 160 km from Udaipur.

The people hailing from this sect gather at the memorial of one of their most revered saint - Sayyed Fakhruddin. While the pilgrimage is popularly known as Ziyarat, the name given to the mausoleum is Mazar-E-Fakhri. The pilgrims not only from Rajasthan but from neighbouring states like Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh also come to attend this fair. This fair draws several tourists from wide and far besides the faithful. The people visiting the fair believe that whatever wish is made here is sure to get fulfilled and this is why this fair draws a big amount of people.

The Fair

This fair is an annual affair and it is celebrated every year on the 27th day of the 1st month of the Muslim Calendar, that is, Moharram.  The devotees visit the tomb of their saint which is lit up with lamps and is bedecked with flowers before the initiation of the ceremonies.

The devotees offer combined prayers, make their wishes, which they call as "mannat", enjoy the religious musical program performed by professional Qawwals, enjoy the lunch organized by community and offer their offerings to the saint.

Worship and Offering

Devotees from the Ismaili Shia sect of Muslims come to this fair for seeking the saint's blessings and most of the people come again to the fair for expressing their gratitude on the fulfilment of their wishes.

The Urs initiates with the recitation of Holy Quran and mass prayers which is followed by majlis. The devotees showcase their devotion by offering jaggery, coconut, fruits and sweets on the saint's memorial.

Cultural Programme or Activities in Urs at Galiyakot

In this fair, a devotional gathering is organized which is popularly known as "Majlis". In this gathering various singers sing the religious songs in the honour of the saint. The ceremonies in this fair are headed by the religious head of the Ismaili Shia community, who is known as Dai-UI-Mutlaq. A free for all community lunch is served in this fair where all devotees are welcomed to take food together. Many poets belonging to various communities recite compositions in the honour.

How to Reach

By Rail

The nearest railway station from Galiyakot is Dahod or Dawod, which is 96 km from Galiyakot and lies on New Delhi - Mumbai rail route. Another railways station near to Galiyakot is Ratlam, located at around 144 km distance from it.

By Road

One can board the regular road transport buses from Dawod, Ratlam and Udaipur to reach Galiyakot.

By Air

The nearest airport is Udaipur located at a distance of 160 km from Galiyakot. One can board a bus from Udaipur or can hire a taxi to reach Urs at Galiyakot.

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