uroos: Karnataka: Uroos may be held at Ullal dargah this year | Mangaluru News – Times of India


With the number of daily Covid-19 cases decreasing in Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district of Kerala, the DK district administration is planning to allow the Uroos festival at Ullal dargah, a popular Islamic pilgrim centre in South India.
The 25-day festival at Hazrat Sayyid Muhammed Shareeful Madani dargah, popularly known as Ullal dargah, attracts lakhs of pilgrims from across the country. The dargah committee has pencilled in December 23 to January 16 for the festival.
The festival is held once every five years. It was scheduled to be held in 2020 (previous Uroos in 2015) but was postponed after the pandemic hit.
UT Khader, Mangaluru MLA, said: “We have already held discussions with the district administration and an assistant commissioner has been appointed as nodal officer. The dargah committee has been allowed to commence preparation work but the district administration has not finalised dates, although we have decided to hold the festival tentatively from December 26.”
He added: “Dr KV Rajendra, district deputy commissioner, has said dates can be finalised only after taking stock of the pandemic situation at the end of November,” Khader said. “The DC has agreed to discuss issues with the state government and if everything goes well, the event will be held as per schedule.”
Khader said the festival normally attracts about 50,000-60,000 pilgrims a day so it demands immense planning. The MLA said the committee has been preparing for the event with an emphasis on health safety. “People from other states and foreign countries visit the dargah where popular scholars deliver religious discourses in Arabic, Urdu, Malayalam and Kannada. All facilities, including transportation, parking, health kiosks and other infrastructure will be arranged,” he said.
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