Friday following Meraj

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Srinagar:  On the Friday following Meraj-ul-Aalam (SAW) thousands of Believers offered prayers at Hazratbal shrine. The devotees had the glimpse of holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after the prayers. The devotees including men, women, elderly persons, youth and children had come from different parts of Kashmir to offer congregational prayers and have a glimpse of Holy relic of the Prophet of the humanity (PBUH).

President National Conference, Dr. Farooq Abdullah offered prayers at Dargah Hazratbal amongst the large congregation. On the occasion Farooq Abdullah extended Meraj greetings to the people and prayed for their well-being.

Shab-e-Meraj was observed during the intervening night of May 21 and 22. Thousands of people had offered special prayers during the night.

From past few days, according to CNS lakhs of devotees reached the Hazrtabal shrine and offered prayers besides having the glimpse of holy relic. Devotees also converged at some other shrines of Valley including Jenab Sahab Soura, Kailaspora, Pinjoora-Shopian, Khiram Sirhama and Kaba Marg.

Reports said that since Friday morning, devotees started arriving at Hazratbal shrine here in hundreds of buses from almost all the districts-Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bandipora, Kupwara, Baramulla, and Budgam and Ganderbal. Before the Friday prayers thousands of devotees had reached there. They offered Friday prayers and amid moist eyes and prayers had the glimpse of holy relic.

After Friday prayers, most of them started leaving for their respective places. Even as the traffic police had made arrangements for smooth movement of the vehicles, huge rush of vehicles led to traffic jamming at several places.

One way traffic was allowed today from Lal Chowk to Hazratbal and back. The vehicles going from Lal Chowk to Hazratbal had to move via Lal Bazar area. However, those moving from Hazratbal to Lal Chowk had to take the Saidakadal route.

Vendors had set up stalls outside the shrine complex, where food items were on sale. The devotees were happy over offering the prayers at the shrine and having the glimpse of holy relic. Several government departments and NGO’s had organized special social service camps for devotees to Hazratbal shrine. 

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