AGRA: Entry to the Taj Mahal in Agra will be free for three days from February 17 to 19 to commemorate the 368th Urs (death anniversary) of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
During the occasion, the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz will also be opened for the pilgrims and tourists.
Raj Kumar Patel, superintending archeologist of ASI, Agra circle, told TOI, “On February 17 and 18, the visitors will be allowed from 2 pm till sunset and on February 19, the free entry will be from sunrise till sunset.”
According to the Urs committee, on February 17, the ceremony of ‘Ghusl’ (full-body purification mandatory before the performance of various rituals and prayers) will start at 2 pm.
On February 18, the ceremonies of ‘Sandal’ and ‘Milad Sharif’ will be observed. On February 19, the rituals of ‘Kul’ (reciting the four foundational chapters of the Quran) and ‘chadar poshi’ (offering a cover) will be observed from morning till evening.
A multicolor chadar, measuring 1,450 metres, will be offered to Shah Jahan’s tomb on the occasion of Urs this year. Later, a langar will be served in the forecourt, said Ibrahim Zaidi, chairman of the Urs committee.

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