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May 25, 2012
Urs festival 2012, honoring a Sufi saint

Thousands of Sufi devotees from different parts of India annually travel to the shrine of Sufi Muslim saint Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, in Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan for the annual Urs festival observed to mark his death anniversary. The event is held over six days and is celebrated in the seventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

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An Indian Muslim Sufi devotee dances with a band during a procession to the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Muslim devotees offer afternoon prayers at the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya during Urs festival, in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 25, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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Pilgrims pray outside the Adhai-Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque near the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Friday, May 25, 2012. AP / Deepak Sharma
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A shopkeeper sells caps to Sufi Muslim devotees at the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya dargaha during Urs festival, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 24, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Elderly Indian Sufi Muslim devotees take a break at the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya dargaha on their way to Ajmer Sharif to participate in the Urs Festival,, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 24, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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A shopkeeper sells rose petals to Sufi Muslim devotees at the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya dargaha, or shrine, during Urs festival, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 24, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees look out from the window of their bus as they prepare to leave for Ajmer Sharif to participate in the Urs Festival, , in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 24, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Young Indian Sufi Muslim devotees climb down from the roof of a bus as they arrive before visiting the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees sit under the bus they arrived on as they eat breakfast before visiting the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees rest under the bus they arrived on before visiting the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslims gather at a makeshift camp during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Young members of an Indian Sufi Muslim Qawalli band perform at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees carry a chadar in the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees walk together while visiting the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim boy gives water to a man as he and others bathe at a makeshift camp before visiting the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees watch as men carry a chadar while praying at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee is in trance as she weeps while praying at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee is in trance as she collapses on the floor while praying at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee prayers at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee rests after weeping while praying at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee is in trance as he shouts while praying at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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A young Indian Sufi Muslim devotee yawns as she waits to pray at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee holds his son after he was blessed at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee weeps as she prays at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees pray at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee holds her son during prayers at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee holds her infant child as she and others pray at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim devotee prays at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Sufi Muslim man waits for customers near the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees pray outside the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees pray at the Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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A young Indian Muslim Sufi performer balances a soft drink bottle on his head as he stands on a drum during a procession to the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Sufi Muslim devotees react during the arrival of a procession at the steps of the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Muslim Sufi devotee waves to worshippers during the arrival of a procession at the steps of the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Muslim Sufi devotees stand during a procession to the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Muslim Sufi devotees reach for sweets thrown by wellwishers during a procession to the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian Muslim Sufi devotee uses a sharp object as he self flagellates during a procession to the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian Muslim Sufi devotees use sharp objects as they self flagellate during a procession to the revered Muslim Shrine of Ajmer Sharif during the Urs Festival in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Monday, May 21, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer

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