Footage of Female Dancing Within Ajmer Sharif Sparks Outrage Among Dargah Khadims

Footage displaying a woman dancing within the confines of the Ajmer Dargah Sharif has spread rapidly across the internet. The Khadims, or caretakers, of this sacred Sufi shrine, have criticized the woman for her failure to respect the sanctity and decorum of this religious site.
Women Dancing in Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Women Dancing in Ajmer Sharif DargahImage Credit: Twitter

A controversy has erupted following the circulation of a video showing a woman dancing at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, leading to criticism of her behavior within the sacred premises. 

The unidentified woman, donned in a grey and pink kurta dupatta, can be seen in the viral video dancing with earphones on, seemingly unaware of her surroundings. 

The footage was recorded by another visitor to the 13th-century Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, located at the base of Taragarh Hill in Rajasthan.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Inappropriate Activities within Sacred Premises

The custodians of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, known as Khadims, expressed their disapproval of the woman's "casual" approach and condemned her actions, emphasizing the importance of maintaining decorum in such religious places. 

This shrine holds significant reverence among various communities and is visited by numerous devotees from across the country.

This incident is not the first of its kind, as a similar incident occurred last year when a video of a girl performing a backflip at the shrine also went viral. In response to the backlash, the woman from the previous incident offered an apology. 

These incidents highlight a concerning trend of individuals engaging in inappropriate activities within religious premises.

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Challenges Across Religious Sites: Upholding Sanctity and Respect

The issue extends beyond the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, as other religious sites have also faced similar challenges. In October of the previous year, a controversy erupted when Instagrammers recorded dance videos at the Mahakal Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. 

The temple's priests strongly criticized these actions, and the state's Home Minister, Narottam Mishra, emphasized the need to maintain the sanctity of religious places, stating that such activities cannot be tolerated.

The viral video from Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the subsequent controversy serve as reminders of the importance of respecting the sacredness of religious sites. 

These incidents have sparked debate and discussion among the public, with many emphasizing the need for individuals to exercise restraint and adhere to the decorum expected within these spiritual spaces.

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