Obama’s holy offering presented at Ajmer Sharif shrine

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Ajmer, April 20 (ANI): A sacred cloth or chadar was offered on behalf of President of the United States, Barack Obama, at the mausoleum of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty in Ajmer on the occasion of the saint’s death anniversary on Monday (April 20). Obama sent a red coloured, richly embroidered ‘chadar’ inscribed with religious verses through US envoy to India Richard R Verma, said chief priest Syed Salman Chisty. The offerings had arrived in India on Saturday (April 18). The shrine, which contains the tomb of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisty, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims in India. Hindus and Sikhs also visit the shrine, which lies some 350 km southwest of New Delhi, and is seen as a symbol of communal harmony. Professor of Harvard University, Stephen Marks, expressed gratitude on being a part of the religious event. Historically, it was after Mughal emperor Akbar, who undertook a journey on foot from Taj city of Agra to Ajmer during his reign that the Dargah emerged as one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India, which is revered by people of all religions.

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