Srinagar: Mid-night blaze caused partial damage to the historic Pathar Masjid in the old Srinagar.
They said that the fire broke out in Pathar Masjid, which is a Mughal era stone masjid, located near Zainakadal Srinagar. An official said that in the fire incident, the pulpit of the masjid got fully damaged and since the masjid is built of stone, fire didn’t cause much effect.
“Fire service vehicles reached the spot well on time and doused the blaze,” an official said, adding that the short circuit has been found as the primary reason for the blaze. “Police and locals also helped in dousing the flames,” they said.
Pertinently, Pathar Mosque, locally known as Naev Masheed is a Mughal era stone mosque built on the orders of Empress Noor Jehan. It is located on the left bank of the River Jhelum, just opposite the shrine of Khanqah-e-Maula.
The mosque has some distinct features that separates it from the rest of the mosques in Kashmir. Unlike other mosques, it does not have the traditional pyramidal roof. Furthermore, the mosque has nine mehraabs (arches), with the central one being larger than the others. (KNO)
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