Devotees Throng Dastgeer Shrine Amid Shutdown

Srinagar: A large number of devotees converged at Dastgeer Sahab shrines in Khanyar and Sarai Bala in Srinagar on the Friday following Urs and joined in the congregational prayers.

The annual Urs of the 11th century Sufi saint, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), known as Dastgeer Sahib was observed with devotion on Wednesday. The Urs of Dastgeer Sahab is being annually observed on the 11th day of Rabi Al Sani—the fourth month of the Islamic Hijri Calendar.

The two shrines dedicated to Dastgeer Sahab witnessed a huge gathering throughout the day during which emotional scenes were seen while the relic of the revered saint was displayed after every obligatory namaz.

During the special prayers, the clerics threw light on the teachings of the revered saint. The devotees also participated in the special prayers today.

The shrines were decorated by the caretakers while the traders had also erected banners, displaying the greeting messages on this day.

Outside the shrines, the local and non-local business establishments had installed the carts and were seen selling the Kashmir traditional food stuff.

Pertinently, the Dastgeer Sahib shrine located at Khanyar was gutted in a mysterious blaze in 2012 following that authorities renovated it with a different look. The actual shrine of the revered saint is located at Baghdad in Iraq.

Even though the saint never visited Kashmir in person, he is highly revered by the locals.

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