BIHARSHARIF: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated the 558th Urs (death anniversary) of the revered sufi saint Sheikh Sharfuddin Yehya Maneri Rahmatullah by offering chadar on his tomb at Bari Dargah in Biharsharif.
Apart from taking part in special ‘dua (prayer)’ organized at Khanqah- e-Muazzam for the unity and prosperity of the country, Nitish opened an exhibition on the sufi saint’s life and laid the foundation for several works on the shrine premises organized by the district information office.
The CM also used the occasion to hand over certificate of excellence among few successful candidates who completed the Kushal Vikas training programme under seven resolves of the state government.
State rural development minister Shrawan Kumar, Nalanda MP Kaushlendra Kumar, Nalanda DM Thiyagarajan SM, Nalanda SP Sudhir Kumar Porika and host of political leaders and officials were also present on the occasion. Thousands of pilgrims from across the country and abroad seek the seer’s blessing during the five-day Urs under the guidance of Hazrat Saifuddin Firdausi, the head of the spiritual seat and a descendant of the Sufi saint.
The saint was born in a family of sufis at Maner in Patna district in 1262.
He completed his basic education at Maner and left for Sonar Gaon (now in Bangladesh) at the tender age of 12, to receive education from the greatest teacher of his time, Hazrat Abu Tawama. He spent 24 years in his company to learn mathematics, philosophy, chemistry and Islamic subjects. After completing his education, Makhdoom-e-Jahan left for Delhi where he became a disciple of Shaikh Najeebuddin Firdausi of Nerauli and assumed his title. He is said to have spent several years in the jun0gle of Bihiya before coming to Rajgir where he spent several years in meditation and in the service of humanity at a place which is now known as Makhdoom Kund.
From Rajgir, he shifted to Khanqah in Biharsharif, where he delivered sermons and created literary marvels including Maktubat-e-Sadi (a collection of hundred letters which he wrote to his disciples), and others for the next 52 years.