KASUR - Three day Urs celebrations of renowned Punjabi poet and Sufi saint Syed Abdullah Shah known as Baba Bulleh Shah begun here on Friday.

Hundreds of people from across Punjab and other provinces have started reaching Kasur to pay their homage to the Sufi saint and participate in the Urs celebrations.

Special arrangements have been made to facilitate the devotee besides foolproof security arrangements to avert any untoward incidents. Special stalls have been set up by shopkeepers from various areas in the neighbourhood of the mausoleum, offering traditional food and sweets. It is to be noted that Bulleh Shah (Abdullah Shah) was born in Uch Gilaniyan‚ a small village near Bahawalpur. His parents moved to Malakwal when he was only six months old where his father‚ a preacher and tutor‚ got a job in Pandoke‚ 15 miles southeast of Kasur.

Bulleh Shah moved to Kasur for higher education and eventually found a mentor in prominent Sufi saint Shah Inayat Qadri.

He practiced and added to the tradition of Punjabi mystic poetry established by Shah Hussain‚ Sultan Bahu, Shah Sharif and was a contemporary of Punjabi mystic poet Waris Shah‚ and Sindhi mystic poets Abdul Wahed (popularly known as Sachal Sarmast) and Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai.

Bulleh Shah wrote in the genre of Kafi‚ following major Punjabi Sufi and Sikh poets. He wrote about 150 Kafis.