Srinagar- After two years of successive lockdowns following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, mosques and shrines in Srinagar city registered massive attendance of devotees on Friday. Juma-tul-Vida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan was celebrated with religious fervour across the city as devotees thronged mosques and shrines.
The largest congregation was witnessed at Dargah Hazratbal where thousands of devotees attended the Friday prayers.
Witnesses said that the devotees from different areas across Kashmir reached Dargah, Hazratbal on Juma-tul-Vida where they had a glimpse of the holy relic.
Arrangements were made for Friday prayers in Masjids and the shrines across the city to mark the holy night and seek divine blessings. The devotees attended the religious gatherings to seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty and his blessings.
Many mosques and shrines were decorated with colorful pennants and saw jam packed attendance of devotees.
However, the historic Jamia Masjid in the Old City area of Srinagar remained closed for the special prayers on Shab-e-Qadr as well as on Juma-tul-Vida as authorities cited security concerns.
Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid termed it extremely sad and unfortunate. Shab-e-Qadr prayers were also not allowed last night at the grand mosque.
Locals said that it is for the third straight year that the historic grand Masjid has been kept closed by the authorities for the special prayers.
Moreover, the government had also made special arrangements on the occasions and had also directed the Power Development Department (PDD) and Public Health Engineering (PHE) officials to ensure adequate and uninterrupted electricity and water supply respectively on this special occasion.
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