Thousands witness Nagore Dargha Kandoori festival

Sunday, Mar 20, 2016,12:50 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Nagapattinam | Thousands of devotees from across the country and abroad witnessed the sandal pot procession and anointment of sandal, the most important events of the 459th annual Kandoori festival of the famous Nagore Dargha today.

The ‘Sandanakoodu’ (sandal pot) procession commenced from here last night and reached Nagore early this morning following which the auspicious event of anointment of sandal at the dargah was performed, Managing Trustee of the 500-year old dargah Sheik Hasan Saheb said.

Thousands of devotees from various parts of the country and foreign nations like Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia and the Gulf region gathered at Nagore to witness the holy event. Situated four kms north of Nagapattinam, Nagore is an important Muslim pilgrim centre housing the dargah of Saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed Quadir Wali on whose tomb the sandal paste is applied.

The kandoori festival is celebrated for 14 days in his reverence annually coinciding with his death anniversary. This year the festival began on March 10. Tight security arrangements had been made for the festival, District Superintendent of Police D Kannan said.