Sheik Hasan Saheb, Managing Trustee of the Dargah said the festival was being held for the past 458 years and that it commenced this year on March 21 with the procession of the holy flag. Flags have been hoisted in the five minarets of the Dargah.

Situated four km north of Nagapattinam, Nagore in Tamil Nadu is an important Muslim pilgrim centre in the country.

The Dargah of Saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed Quadir Wali in Nagore is more than 500 years old.

Saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed, believed to be the 23rd descendant of Prophet Muhammad (Sal), was born in Manickapur, near Allahabad.

When he came to Thanjavur on a pilgrimage in 16th century AD, he reportedly cured the illness of the then King Achuthappa Naicken, who gifted him lands in Nagore.

The Saint lived there for the rest of his life serving all people After he passed away at the age of 68, his body was entombed at Nagore.

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