Srinagar: Thousands of devotees from across Kashmir Valley converged at the revered Hazratbal shrine here on Friday to celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the day when, according to one account, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born.
Reports said that tens of thousands people converged at the Hazratbal Dargah at Fajr (Dawn) prayers and had the glimpse of the sacred relic of the holy Prophet.
The number swelled as the day progressed and thousands of devotees were seen at the shrine and its adjacent sprawling lawns along the banks of Dal Lake especially during Friday, Asr and Magrib prayers.
Most people were seen with folded hands while many had tears trickling down their faces as they had the glimpse of the relic attributed to holy Prophet (Pbuh). People also offered praises ‘Durud’ for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and verses from Holy Qur’an.
Besides Hazratbal, congregational prayers were also held at Asarisharif Kalashpora, Jenab Sahib Soura, Lal Bazaar, Punjura Shopian, Khiram Sirhama Anantnag, Seer Hamadan, Kaba Marg, Qaimoh, Ahamshrief Bandipora and Hazrat Janbaz Wali (RA) Baramulla and dozens of other Sufi shrines which dot every corner of Kashmir.
A festive look prevailed for the past several days as various mosques and shrines in capital Srinagar and other major towns were decked with lights and buntings.
Authorities and some social organizations had also erected tents for medical aid as well as refreshment for devotees at several places along the streets leading to shrines. Last year, authorities barred congregational prayers on the day in the aftermath of the August 5 move.
This year, the congregational prayers were held amid Covid-19 threat and as per reports protocols to contain the spread of the virus were seen to be observed in breach.
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