Friday following Meraj observed with fervor

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Srinagar:  On the Friday following Meraj-ul-Aalam  thousands of devout offered prayers at Hazratbal shrine. The devotees had the glimpse of holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after each congregational prayer. The devotees including elderly and children had come from different parts of Kashmir to offer prayers and have a glimpse of the relic.

Shab-e-Meraj was observed during the intervening night of April 24 and 25. Thousands of people had offered special prayers during the night.

From past few days thousands 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.

   The Government had kept in place an adequate number of State Road Transport Corporation buses for the to and fro movement of the devotees to Hazratbal as the areas around the shrine wore a festive look with many roadside vendors selling a whole lot of eatables and other items.

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.

Several government departments and NGO’s had organized special social service camps for devotees to Hazratbal shrine.

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