Shrines and Mosques in Kashmir
Kashmir, paradise on earth, is a place of immense beauty that will never cease to amaze you. This land, bathed in the magnificence of nature has been the source of inspiration for quite a few Saints ans Sufis. Bestowed with religious wealth in the form of numerous and allegiance of people professing different faiths, in Kashmir peace and tranquility flow in the gentle breeze that shakes the flowers and trees in beautiful harmony, while making ripples through the lake.
There are numerous sepulchers of saints located in enchanting environs. At these shrines be one with nature and feel close to the Almighty. Some of the Shrines have historical importance in addition to religious significance attached to them. Here you can find Shrines, Gurudwaras & Churches that are visited by thousands of devotees.
There are not many places like Kashmir in the world where a number of great ascetics have lived and have their Shrines also. These spiritually uplifted souls carved out special place in the hearts of innumerable followers not only in Jammu and Kashmir state but even across the country.
A place of utmost serenity and calm, Hazratbal shrine is considered to be Kashmir’s Holiest Muslim shrine and it is situated on the left bank of Dal lake, Srinagar. Step inside and you will be enveloped in a tranquil hue of peace while admiring the pristine white marble elegance of Hazratbal as it is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal contains a relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a Hair of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Hazratbal shrine is a marble structure that was specifically constructed by Muslim Auqaf Trust with the objective of preserving the Prophet’s hair, this piece of hair arrived in Kashmir 1699. The Moi-e-Muqqadas, is usually on public display inside a casket on certain sacred and holy days. Tour and travel to the Hazratbal gives you an opportunity to participate in colorful and vibrant fairs that are held Hazratbal every year, the most important among these is Shab-e-Mehraj.
Kashmir, with its immense beauty and piousness holds the whole world enthralled for its mysticism.
Charar-e-Shareif counts amongst the most sacrosanct Muslim shrines in India. It is situated approximately 40 Kms from Srinagar, enroute to Yousmarg near (POK). A wooden shrine, the Charar-e Sharief is approximately 600 years old. Popularly known as the Hazart Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali, the shrine was built to commemorate Sheiklh Noor-ud-Din Noorani, a sufi saint. Charar-e-Sharief served as his final resting place, where his mortal remains were buried. it is said that nine lakh people gathered at the shrine of Charar-e-Sharief with in two days of his death. in 1438.
Charar-e-Sharief, remains the most popular and famous as his body is buried there. This Shrine attracts people from all sect of life to seek his blessings and favour.
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Makhdoom Sahib Shrine
Hari Parbat on which the Makhdoom Sahib Shrine is located, is one of the holiest places in Kashmir.
Surrounded by almost orchards, it makes for a lovely sight during April when the trees blossom, heralding the advent of spring in Kashmir.
The Shrine rests below a magnificent Mughal fort that crowns the hill. This fort gives a magnificent top view of Makhdoom Sahib Shrine and falls on the southern side of the hill. Beauty of this Shrine is truly enchanting and invites devotees on a large scale irrespective of their religion. This double storied mosque is an invigorating structure and is designed with many pillars, high connecting false ceiling and conical roofs.
The mosque has a high peak on top finished with descending roof sizes. The Shrine also connects to the famous Dal Lake and a number of stone steps take you there. The exteriors of this mosque are a striking example of Mughal architectural design. Some parts of the shrine is open throughout the year. irrespective of the extreme weather conditions of this place.
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Jamai Masjid Srinagar
Jamia Masjid is a mosque in Srinagar, Situated at Nowhatta in the middle of the Old City, the Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Sikandar in 1394 CE and completed in 1402 CE, at the behest of Mir Mohammad Hamadani, son of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, and is regarded as one of the most important mosques in Kashmir. The architectural style of the Mosque is inspired by the Indo–Saracenic style of architecture, which is a blend of Indian and Mughal styles, and also bears similarities to Buddhist pagodas. The Mosque is located in Downtown which remains a central zone to the religion-political life in Srinagar. Thronged by Muslims every Friday, it is one of the prime tourist attractions of Srinagar.
The structure occupies a total area of 384 x 381 feet and is quadrangular in shape with four turrets. These are in the middle of each side and covered with pyramidal roofs. All of the turrets are interconnected by spacious halls, with bright yellow poppies lining the mossy brick paths and the entire structure is surrounded by wide lanes on all four sides and has a square garden in the middle. The entrance on the southern side of the Mosque comprises a recessed portico which further leads onto an inner courtyard. This courtyard is based on the traditional Chaar Bagh plan and has a tank in the centre. The entire courtyard is made up of pointed arched, brick arcade. The court which was originally planted with a series of chinars is enclosed by arched liwans (cloisters) covered with two tiered sloping roof.