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The Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival

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The Kandhoori Festival - Part One
The Kandhoori Festival - Part One
       Though i am on the other side of the globe, my heart still earnestly wish i was at Nagore together with my family to participate in the ever great Kandhoori Festival. It is actually an auspicious event to remember the passing of a great pure soul known by the name as Hazarath Kuthbul Aktab Farthul Ahbab Syedus Sathath Syedina Abdul Kadir Shahul Hameed Kadir Oli Ganjasavay Ganjabukah Bathusha Sahib (RA).



My thoughts flashbacked last (2007) year this time. I was at Nagore, together with my family. At this time, the board of Trustees of Nagore Dargah will be preparing for this world reknown occasion. This periodic commemeration will start on the 1st of Jamaidul Akhir of every Islamic calender. This year this will happen (with the will of Allah swt) on 1st Jamathul Akhir in Nagore in India
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My name is Bava Bahrudeen Sahib , the 11th direct descendant of the Hazarath Syed Shahul Hameed Kadir Wali(RA). My father will be as busy as an ant joining the many people in the bandwagon of creating a holy festive ambience in and around the Dargah. My body is here but my soul is with my Great Grand Father's Kandhoori Festival. This profound feelings towards this event has led to this writing. This diary is thus to quench that thirst of my non presence in Nagore Dargah Shareef this time of the year. I will tell you the details of the actual preparation in Part 2






Nagore Dargha Shariff's Kanduri Festival Invitaion

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Kanduri Festival Invitation

             My father, HAZIRATH SMB SUTHAN KABEER SAHIB sends out the  Kandoori Festival invitation to many within India and to the rest of the world. Being the 10th direct blood descendant of the ever great and holy Halarath Kuthbul Aktab Farthul Ahbab Syedus Sathath Syedina Syed abdul Kadir Shahul Hameed Kadir Oli Ganjabuksh Bathusha Sahib Andavar Avargal, my father is a meticulous person performing his duties deligently and with precision.

             He has to be prudent in every step he takes standing as a pillar to the dargah's management and administration. Truly, he is the benign custodian of the dargah which has been bestowed by Allah (swt) and by the guiding principles of the Board of Nagore Dargah Hereditary Trustee. May Allah (swt) give him the choicest blessings.



            The important days of the Grand Kandoori Festival every year Jamathul Akhir 1st to untill 14th of Jamathul Akhir. The mounting of flag, display of fire works, installation of peer, anointment of sandal wood(chandanam), peer proceeding to sea-shore and dsimounting of flag will take place throughout this period.

             I will explain briefly the above momentous works in later part of my diary.







Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 1st  of Jamathul Akhir

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   1st Jamaidul Akhir
          This is an auspicious and most celebrated day in Nagore. Many people of all faiths congregate along the streets of Nagore to have a glimpse of the flags in procession in adorned chariots carrying to Nagore Dargah. This is the first day of the Kandoori celebration in Nagore. Flag is a sign of identity. It is the symbol of presence. It is signage of existence. In a war a flag is raised as a sign of victory. Similarly, the raising of flags in the five minarets of Nagore Dargah may be cited to the spiritual victory to the Kingdom of Islam through the holy Hazarath Kuthub ul Akthab Syedina Shahul Hameed (RA).

                        This year the raising of flags to the minarets will take place on the 1st Jamathul Akhir of every year.. You can witness workers taking this job both as a holy privelge and income daringly hoisting the flag using a large pole. The pole is placed perpendicular to the minaret supported by a net like rope as depicted in the picture. Once the pole is set, the workers with the holy name in their hearts climb up using the net rope as pathway towards the pinnacle of the pole. There they raise the flag. If they had a vow they will say Ya Kadir Muradhu Hasil.

 


Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 2nd to 7th  of Jamathul Akhir

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Day 2nd to 7th of Jamathul Akhir
                  This Jamathul Akhir day 1st to untill the day of 14th, Many holy saint's decendent reading quran after Fajir prayer to  untill Insha prayer time. Thousands of devotees are coming daily to get bright future via kadir vali Shahul Hameed Badhusa Nayagam (Rali). The every day of Jamthul Akhir Many Holy saint's decendent include devotees doing Mawlath shariff into the dargha shariff. During the Kanduri Festival session, We can realize that Arabic Pronounce sound in the whole place of  Nagore Dargha Shariff. Many devotees include Hindus are visiting to Nagore Dargha to see the Light of Allah.


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Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 8th of Jamathul Akhir

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Display of Fireworks
8 Jamaidhul Akhir

                          The display of fireworks is part of the chain of the Khandoori Festival. This will happen on the 8th of Jamaidhul Akhir.And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, "this is evident sorcery!" Who doth greater wrong than one who invents falsehood against Allah, even as he is being invited to Islam? And Allah guides not those who do wrong.

                          Their intention is to extinguish Allah's Light (by blowing) with their mouths: But Allah will complete (the revelation of) His Light, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it). Readers are advised to read the above verses 61:6 to 61:8 of the holy Quran. Here Allah swt says that He is Light and He will complete His Light. These verses brings me back display of fireworks in Nagore. Tens of thousands of devotees from many parts of the world will gather to witness this momentous celebration. Moreover, the building of Nagore is also decorated with lights. At night the profile of the premises is outstanding. The fireworks has dual purpose. One to uplift the mood of celebration. The other is to symbolise that truth dissipates falsehood.

 



Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 9th of Jamathul Akhir

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9 the Jamaidul Akhir

          Halarath Kuthbul Aktab Farthul Ahbab Syedus Sathath Syedina Syed abdul Kadir Shahul Hameed Kadir Oli Ganjabuksh Bathusha Sahib Andavar Avargal had 404 followers. Two of the followers were not present with the Great Qutub when he faded from this physical world. Upon enquiry that the Great Soul was put to rest a follower by the name of Hazarath Mohsin with tearful eyes revealed his love that he greatly missed The Great Master to The Master's son Hazarath Yuousif Sahib (RA) hoping a miracle could happen.

In one incident Our Great Master visited Tenkasi and found that the people were stricken with famine and hunger. His followers slaughtered a bull to feed the poor people of Tengkasi. This has ourtraged the hindu people thereat as the bull is one of the diety of Hinduisim. As the saint was so close to Allah swt and with the permission of Allah swt he told his followers to pile up the bones of the cow. The Master then gave the heap of bones a gentle tap by his walking stick. The bull came to life and stood alive infront of the astonished spectators. Many dropped at the feet of the Great Saint and converted to Islam.

Knowing full well the miracles of Hazarath Shahul Hameed, Hazarath Mohsin knew that somehow he could still contact His Master. The compassionate Hazarath Yousif RA comforted the distressed Hazarath Mohsin and informed him that he could still meet The Master if he could sit in deep meditation for 3 days at a particular place. Hazarath Mohsin carried out the meditation with great piety and affection for the Holy Master by fasting for 3 days at a chosen spot. By the Grace of Allah swt his desire was fullfilled. Hazarath Mohsin met his Spiritual Master and he was blessed by the Great Saint.

Every year on the 9th of Jamaidul Akhir, the Fakirs came to the above mentioned spot where Hazarath Mohsin performed the meditation. This location is now known as 'Peer Mandapam'.There they fast and meditate for 3 days. On 11th Jamaidul Akhir, they break the fast at the seafront.


 


Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 9th of Jamathul Akhir

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Anointment of Sandalwood Paste
10 th Jamaidhul Ahkir
       
In the Name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful. The 10th day of Jamaidhul Akhir falls on the every Islamic year. There are many holy days in the Islamic Calendar and the 10 th day of Jamaidhul Akhir is one such significant day in Islamic history. On this day, my Great Grandfather Hazarath Kuthubul, Farthul Ahbabi, Syed Shathath, Syedina Shahul Hameed Ganzasavai Badhusha Kadri (RA) an incomparable saint had departed from this world.

                           In Nagore, it had been a usual practice to launch the Great Khandoori Festival for 14 days starting from 1st to 14th of Jamidhul Akhir. The 10th day is the most important day. On this day people from many states in India and many devotees from Singapore, Malaysia,United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, France and other parts of the world visit Nagore by tens of thousands in order that their vows are fulfilled by this Great Saint. For many of them it is a pilgrimage to pay respect and give gratitude for their fulfilled vows.

                          This is the day when all the visitors who came here with sadness in their hearts retreat with solace and comfort. That will be the day when the devotees’ hearts will be enlightened symbolised by the glaring physical elaborate lights of Nagore premises. This is the day when people from many religions and race come together as one people with a common objective of fulfilling their vows. 
The city of Nagore will be flooded with one people one thought.


                          At about 9:00pm a carriage will proceed from Nagapattanam to Nagore like parade. A symbolic "Koodu" is installed on it. It is made of decorated giant drum-like struture piled up. The bigger drum will be at the botton and smallest will reach the top. The erection of this symbolic structure is similar to the pyramids in egyptian civilisation where departed souls of kings are laid to rest within the pyramid premises where the souls could ascend to the sky by this ancient skycrappers. 

                         Devotees by the thousands will gather in Nagapattanam for the inauguration of the procession. Jasmine flowers will be gently thrown like raindrops on the carriage containing the "Koodu" by the devotees as a requisition to the Great Saint to fulfil their hidden vows. This carriage will take the routes of importance. The parading carriage will be watched by thousands of people.The carriage will reach Nagore at about 1:00am. In Nagore the carriage will go on a procession to some important streets. At some point of this tour, the holy pot containing the sandal paste will be placed on this carriage.
 
                        My family will get a chance once in every 3 years to keep this holy pot and i am thankful to God for it.


                        At about 3:30 am the carriage carrying the sandwood paste will rest at the foot entrance doorsteps of Nagore Dargah.
The auspicious paste will then be brought in to the premises and anointed on the Rawla Shariff or the tomb of the Great Saint. That will be my best day of the year It is because I will be one of the fortunate persons inside our Great Grandfather’s Rawla Shariff. 

                       I have not missed this felicitous occasion of visiting my Great Grandfather’s Rawla Shariff for the past ten years. But now I will sadly miss this golden chamber of paradise as I am about 3,500 kilometers away from India. I am now in Singapore. The pursuit of small material gain in Singapore had made me miss this rare chance.

 
                       Though I am away from Nagore, my thoughts of the 10th day of the Kandhoori Festival will always reside in my heart. I can smell the fragrance of the Rawla Shariff. I feel like I am missing the greatest happiness of my life which is to be present within the residence of the Rawla Shariff. 

                        Despite my non presence there, my soul still remembers how the purest day of 10th Jamaidhul Akhir will be remembered and celebrated in Nagore Shariff.

7:42 AM  


Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 11th of Jamathul Akhir

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Breaking of the Holy Fast
11th Jamaidhul Akhir
                      Every year on this day , the devotees arrive at Nagore start the ritual fast initiated by the
Hazarath Mohsin, one of the students of the Great Saint Shahul Hameed RA .

                     The venue of this fasting will be carried out at the "Peer Mandapam" . The fasting begins from 9th Jamaidhul Akhir and ends on 11th Jamaidhul Akhir. Before they approach the sea front ,to break the fast, next to a shrine known as Chilladi Dargah the devotees visit the tomb of the Great Saint. At the seafront in the evening they break the holy fast.


 The five minarets in Nagore resembles the five pillars of Islam. Through the grace of my Great Grandfather fasting is also finely tuned in the celebration of the Great Khandoori Festival. All praise to Allah the Most Holy.


 


Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 12th and 13th of Jamathul Akhir

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Day 13th and 14th of Jamathul Akhir
                         
This Jamathul Akhir day 1st to untill the day of 14th, Many holy saint's decendent reading quran after Fajir prayer to  untill Insha prayer time. Thousands of devotees are coming daily to get bright future via kadir vali Shahul Hameed Badhusa Nayagam (Rali). The every day of Jamthul Akhir Many Holy saint's decendent include devotees doing Mawlath shariff into the dargha shariff. During the Kanduri Festival session, We can realize that Arabic Pronounce sound in the whole place of  Nagore Dargha Shariff. Many devotees include Hindus are visiting to Nagore Dargha to see the Light of Allah.


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Nagore Dargha Kanduri Festival - 14th of Jamathul Akhir

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14 th Jamaidhul Akhir

        It is with the Will of Allah swt through my Great Grandfather Shahul Hameed Kadir Oli RA that i came to this far to have written the story of the Great Khandoori Festival in Nagore.

Throughout the 14 days the message of the Al Quran will be recited and its blessings were rendered to the Great Soul who had already won the closeness of the Creator Allah swt. My Great Grandfather had sacrificed the happiness of this life for the sake of Allah alone. My faith shies away whenever i see a stronger muslim that is my Great Grandfather.

Like the stars in the darkest night our faiths differ with luster. One star may never be seen by the naked eye than the other one which can brightly shines through. This is how Allah swt sees us. If our faith is stronger and robust Allah swt admire and adore us and give us the best station in spirituality.

At the end of the Kandoori Festival, though the flags will be dismounted and the lights removed the spiritual light of Nagore Dargah will be treasured and cherised by Allah swt forever. With the Will of Allah I will explore his history soon. May Allah swt bless all muslims for their attempt to get close to Him, Ameen

 






Yaa Khadir Murathu Hasil
Picture Taken during the Great Nagore Kanduri Festival