THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The ‘uroos’ festival at Beemapally Dargah Shareef here began on Tuesday. In the morning, special prayers were led by the imam of Beemapally Abdul Khadar Anvari.
A procession was taken out from the mosque to Jonakapoonthura and Manikyavilakam. It was followed by an all-religion prayer led by chief imam Hasan Ashrafi Falil Albakhafi. The 10-day festival began with the hoisting of the customary flag by the president of Muslim Jama’at P M Yusuf Haji at 11 am.
Religious discussions led by scholars, cultural programmes and prayer meetings will be held during the festival days from 9 am. Religious and political leaders are expected to attend the conference to be held as part of the festival.
The festival will conclude on March 10 with a procession, prayer and a feast. Elaborate measures have been taken to ensure the festival is ecofriendly. The State Government has made traffic and security arrangements. KSRTC is conducting chain service round the clock. The Health Department has set up a temporary health clinic on the mosque premises.
A holiday was declared for schools and offices in the Corporation limits on Tuesday in connection with the festival.