Mazar – Sanctuary

Mazars (shrines)  in Bangladesh  are home to religious devotees who flock from all over to pay respects and pray. Many devotees believe that their prayers will reach its goal sooner if they come and pray at these mazars. They make sacrificial offerings, donate money and pray for their loved one to recover from disease or do well in business or exam.

The Mazar compound also provides a sanctuary for the devotees whose religious views are often deviant in terms of their beliefs and practices compared to their mainstream counterparts. Hence there are many “Fakirs” and “Sadhus” who seek refuge within the walls of the Mazar with their prayer chants, songs and dances. Every Thursday night the air becomes electric with the intense smell of incense and the numerous “Baul” groups who sing for their love of God.

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