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Masthan Saheb Dargah - Pondicherry India

Dedicated to Masthan Saheb Syed Dawood Buhari, a Sufi saint who came to Karaikal from Buhara two centuries ago. He died aged 120, in 1829. Various miracles are attributed to him. The above 170 year old Kandhuri Festival (November) is celebrated in his commemoration. It starts with the hoisting of a huge flag on a pole - reminiscent of a ship mast and a sea-fairing tradition. And winds up, 10 days later with a spectacle of floats lit with electric colours.

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