SRINAGAR: Usually marked by massive gatherings and hectic bustle, the annual urs of Hazrat Dasgeer Sahib (RA) was a low-key occasion in Srinagar on Friday due to restrictions imposed by the government.
Instead of the Dastgeer Sahib shrine in Khanyar, the main gathering was held at the Buqqa-e-Aalia in upper Srinagar where curbs were not in force.
Only a brief prayer ceremony was held at the Khanyar shrine – gutted last year – with custodians bringing out the saints keepsakes for the mandatory sighting.
The ritual brought locals surging out of homes for their traditional glimpse of the relics, but authorities allowed only a short devotional service.
Early in the morning, worshippers staying for night vigil had been evacuated and sent home in officially-arranged buses as most of the city came under restrictions.
Upper Srinagar witnessed night-long services on Thursday topped by congregational dawn prayers when the Hazrats relics were displayed.
Markets in the vicinity had been decked with lights and flowers to mark the occasion.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.