The urs, which will be held for two days until February 14, is expected to attract nearly two lakh devotees all over the country. Different religious observations would be undertaken at the 'Darga Shareef' premises at Halkatta.
The beginning of ‘urs’ would be marked by the ‘Sandal procession’. The Sandal paste to be draped over the tomb of Badshah Quadri Chisty, would be brought from Hyderabad. The ‘Sandal’ would arrive at 3:00 pm from Hyderabad on Monday. On Tuesday, February 14, the ‘Chiraghan’ would be held.
Peethadipathis and other swamijis would be the chief guests at the main function which would be held at Halkatta on Monday at 3:00 pm. The Mehfil-E-Sama will be held at 9:00 pm under the guidance of Hazrath Syed Bahaudeen Husaini Chandpasha Patel, the present Sajjada Nasheen of the Halkatta Darga.
Gulbarga district has been an important Islamic center since ages as the area was under the Muslim rule for centuries, and a few Sufi saints had made Gulbarga their home.
Although these Sufi saints were here mainly to spread Islam, yet they tried their beast to promote universal brotherhood and peace. The most famous among these Holy souls was Sufi Saint Khwaja Bande Nawaz who was based in Gulbarga and fought for communal harmony throughout his life. He had come to Gulbarga around 1397 AD. Lakhs of Hindu and Muslim devotees converge on Gulbarga from different parts of the country, especially from Hyderabad for the famous Khwaja Bande Nawaz Urs.
Another such Holy soul who settled in the district was Hazrath Khwaja Syed Mohammed Badshah Quadri Chisty Yamani Quadeer (RA), who has been immortalised at Halkatta Shareef near Wadi. He led a very simple and low profile life. He practiced, propagated, and expounded the gospel of the Holy Islam, which brought peace and solace to the suffering millions. Born in Raichur on the Bakrid day in 1903 AD (Hijari 1324) to Syed Abdul Rehman Quaderi and Hazratha Amina Bibi, this famous Sufi saint was an outstanding example of saints who believed in the assimilation of the best of character, which made him one of the greatest Islamic saints.
Nothing lay nearer to his heart than to relieving the distress and miseries of people. The saint has lakhs of followers in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Gujarat.