Situated at Binjaur village near Anupgarh city of Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, the mausoleum of famous Arabic lovers Laila and Majnu remind us of the immortal love on the India-Pakistan border. There are many legends associated with the love story of Laila Majnu and the mazar.
According to the local legends, it seems that Laila-Majnu came from Sindh to this part of the country as an escape from the clutches of Laila’s parents and her brother who did not wish to see them together.
Some believe that they died at Binjaur out of thirst whereas others believe that it was Laila's brother who killed Majnu brutally when he found that Majnu was in love with his sister. Seeing the ruthlessness of her brother towards his love, Laila committed suicide and died next to Majnu.
The other story from the locals say that Laila’s rich parents had married her off to a rich person and when he came to know about the existence of Majnu in his wife’s life, he challenged him and then went ahead to pierce a sword into Majnu’s body, however, it was Laila who died on that spot and later grieved by seeing the love of his life on the death bed, Majnu himself committed suicide next to her bleeding body. There are many variations in these stories and historians still feel that these are just mythical characters.
Some people, such as Rani Raisikh, one of the early caretakers of this Mazar, the mausoleum is not related to the mythical Laila-Majnu but is the two graves of a great teacher and his devoted student. The mausoleum is a symbol of mutual respect and love between that teacher and his student.
Thus this place became a symbol of love and people believe that whoever comes to this Mazar (Tomb) is blessed by the deceased couple to have a wonderful and lovely life ahead.
Every year, an annual fair is held at the mausoleum in June wherein many couple gets lined up to seek blessings from legendary couple. During the fair Prasad and Langar (free meal) is offered to visitors by devotees. In night devotional song performances are also organized by devotees.
Before the war of Kargil, this shrine was open to the Pakistani visitors as well, but now that is not the case. The popularity of the tomb is so high that even the posts of BSF in that area is known as Majnu post. Also, seeing the number of visitors flocking the fair, the government is planning to increase the number of facilities in the village for the visitors.
The Laila-Majnu story is still considered as an indispensable part in the culture and history of Rajasthan. For many couples, this Mazar is an embodiment of immortal love and true commitment for each other, till the time death separates their souls.