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`Sandanakoodu' to reach Nagore Dargah on July 18

K. Subramanian

The festival attracts thousands of devotees from both the communities of Muslim and Hindu from various parts of the country and from other nations like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Gulf every year.

NAGAPATTINAM: The 14-day annual `Kandoori' festival began at the famous Nagore Dargah, near here, on Friday with the hoisting of the holy flag.

The main event of `Sandanakoodu' procession will start on July 17 night around 8.30 from Nagapattinam and reach the Nagore Dargah in the wee hours of July 18.

The festival attracts thousands of devotees from both the communities of Muslim and Hindu from various parts of the country and from other nations like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Gulf every year.

The Dargah of Saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed Quadir Wali in Nagore is more than five century old and the saint is said to be the 23rd descendent of Prophet Muhammed.

The saint was born and educated in Manickapur near Allahabad and when he came to Thanjavur on a pilgrimage, he cured the illness of Achuthrappa Naicken (16th century), the then King of Thanjavur.

The King gifted him lands in Nagore where the saint lived rest of his life serving the people irrespective of religion, caste or creed. The saint's death anniversary is celebrated as `Kandoori festival' every year for 14 days at Nagore.

The sandal paste being brought in the `Sandanakoodu' procession will be anointed at the dargah.

Highlight is participation of Hindus

The participation of Hindus in large numbers is the highlight of the festival.

Both Muslims and Hindus will take a holy dip in the `peer kulam', the holy pond at the dargah, which is believed to cure all diseases.

Many rituals like applying sandal paste, pouring of holy water, tonsuring the head and use of `nadaswaram' resemble the Hindu traditions at the dargah which has strong Hindu influences in both architecture and rituals.

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