Midnapur: An Indo-Bangladesh special Urs train with 2,210 pilgrims on board arrived at Midnapur Railway station from Rajbari in Bangladesh on Thursday morning.
"The train is a bond of friendship and religious harmony," said Abdul Aziz Kadir, Deputy leader of Urs Special train.
Mohammad Selimuddin Deoan, a Bangladesh pilgrim, said: "I have been visiting Midnapur for the last 25 years, and every time I felt Midnapur like my home land, as both Bangladesh and West Bengal have language and culture in common. Apart from the train, many pilgrims also came to Midnapur by air and bus services to attend the Urs festival of Barapir Saheb at Jora Masjid."
The Urs special train service was started in 1903.
Every year, people of all faiths come to Midnapore Urs to seek blessings of Boro Huzur, a descendant of Boropir Abdul Qadir Jilani, who came to India from Iraq in the 19th century to preach Islam.