Scores of tourists visited Taj Mahal on the occasion of 364th death anniversary of Shah Jahan. The Urs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is a religious occasion which is observed every year at the Taj Mahal to commemorate the death anniversary of the emperor.
The visitors were spotted carrying the 1221metre multicolour chadar and marching towards the grave of the Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz.
Emperor Shah Jahan's Urs come as a boost to the tourism in Agra, as it is the only time of the year when anyone, be it a foreign tourist or a local citizen, can see the original graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz located in a chamber. This chamber with original graves is placed underneath the fake ones which are usually viewed by tourists under the main dome. On the occasion, the monument gates were opened for everyone for free. Visitors from all across the globe participated in the celebrations.
Mohbesh Shabi who came all the way from Kerala to visit the monument said, "I am here with my family and it is so good to be a part of the celebrations. The best part is that no kind of entry fee is been taken as earlier one needs to shell out Rs 50 as the entry fee."
Syyed Munawar Ali, one of the organisers, said, "Today we have waived the entry fee, people as per their devotion can offer colourful cloth pieces (chaadar chadana) at the grave."
The Taj Mahal in Agra observed the annual Urs of Emperor Shah Jahan from April 2 to April 4.