LAHORE: The 969th annual three-day Urs celebrations of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Alhajveri popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh would begin at his shrine today.
The celebrations will start with laying a traditional chadar on the grave of the great sufi saint of the subcontinent, said Punjab Minister for Auqaf Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi while addressing a press conference at Data Darbar Complex here on Saturday. Secretary Auqaf Tariq Pasha was also present.
He said the Auqaf Department had allocated Rs. 8 million to provide facilities to devotees.
The minister said 400 security guards besides 170 ‘Razacars’ of the Auqaf Department would perform security duties.
He said the department had installed cameras on the Darbar premises to monitor the Urs celebrations.
Camp offices of WAPDA, WASA, Civil Defence and first aid have also been set up to facilitate pilgrims, he added.