Shah Jahan’s 353rd death anniversary observed at Taj Mahal

July 30th, 2008 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, July 30 (IANS) Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s 353rd urs (death anniversay) is being celebrated at the Taj Mahal here with prayers for ending terrorism. The three-day celebrations began Tuesday with customary fanfare and rituals.

Entry to the 17th century monument of love build by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal is free from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the urs days.

Authorities have made “foolproof” security arrangements to ensure orderly conduct of the urs and crowd management.

Loud speakers on all the three gates are being used to guide the visitors and advise them what not to carry inside the mausoleum. During the urs, the visitors get an opportunity to see the graves in the basement of the mausoleum.

The celebrations will conclude Thursday and a 251 metre long seven coloured chadar (sheet) will laid on the graves of the Mughal emperor and his wife.

Khuddam-e-Roza (mausoleum care takers) Committee chairman Tahiruddin Tahir said prayers will be offered for the victims of the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts and for peace in the country.

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