Hazrath Lalasha Rehamathulla Dargah, Karkhana
Hazrath Lalasha Rehamathulla Dargah, Karkhana. Hazrath Lalasha Rehamathulla Dargah, popularly known as Karkhana Dargah, is believed to house the grave of a very pious saint, Lalasha Rehamathulla who spent his time praying at that place about 200 years ago.
Hazrath Lalasha Rehamathulla Dargah, popularly known as Karkhana Dargah, is believed to house the grave of a very pious saint, Lalasha Rehamathulla who spent his time praying at that place about 200 years ago. As a mark of respect for the sage, devotees celebrate the Urs festival every year in the month of May for three days. Respectful homage, soulful qawwali numbers and the magic of Sufiana Kalam, mark the annual Urs festival. Devotees pay tribute to the departed saint during this period and receive sweet and rice from the organisers in return.
The Urs is held up to 3 am on the first and second day and up to midnight on the last day. A major attraction of the festival is the qawwali performed by professionals. The magic of Sufiana Kalam leaves the listeners mesmerised. Devotees need to cover their head before entering the dargah, as a mark of respect to the saint. It is important for them to make floral and sweet offerings at the dargah and light incense sticks. Women are not allowed inside the dargah, but they can offer prayers (fateha) from the eastern entrance, seek duva (blessings) and receive sweets. The western entrance is meant for male members
Free food is served to all the devotees for three days of Urs. Many pirs come and stay at the dargah during the Urs season.
Mohammad Akther Ariff, president of the Karkhana Masjid Committee and an ardent devotee, said, “Muslims visit a shrine as a form of pilgrimage known as ziyarat. Dargahs are often associated with Sufi meeting rooms and hostels, called khanqah or hospices. The term 'Dargah' is derived from a Persian word, which means 'portal' or 'threshold'. Some Sufis and other Muslims believe that dargahs are portals which can invoke the deceased saint's intercession and blessing. Others meanwhile simply visit it to pay respect to the deceased pious individuals.”
Over time, musical rendition of dervishes and sheikhs in shrines, usually impromptu or on the occasion of Urs, gave rise to musical genres like Qawwali and Kafi. Sufi poetry was accompanied by music and sung as an offering to a murshid, a type of Sufi spiritual instructor. Today they are one of the popular forms of music throughout South Asia, with exponents like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen, taking their music to various parts of the world.