Srinagar– The 657th “Urs” of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdan was observed with religious fervor and enthusiasm.
Every year, the Urs is observed on the 6th Zilhaj of the lunar calendar. Thousands of people including women and children thronged the Shrine of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) at Khanqah-e-Maula in downtown Srinagar.
A nightlong Shab was also observed at the shrine in connection with the Urs. The observance of the Urs commenced six days ago and concluded on Wednesday.
In the past two years the commemorations were held with the attendance of limited people because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This time around things were different, thousands of devotees thronged the shrine where they recited verses from Holy Quran and held special prayers.
On the occasion, scholars shed light on the life and work of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA).
People were seen thronging book and food stalls which were setup in and around the Shrine.
Authorities had made all necessary arrangements for the convenience of devotees including transport, sanitation, drinking water and the installation of street lights.
Syed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani Abidi (1314-1384) also known as “Shah Hamdan” (King of Hamadan) was a Persian Sufi and a prominent Islamic mystic, Islamic scholar and a great reformer. He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and has had a major hand in shaping the culture of Kashmir and contributed greatly in economic upliftment of Kashmiris.
He is accredited for introducing the skills of famed Iranian handicrafts amongst the people of Kashmir.
The Urs of Shah Hamdan (RA) was also observed with religious fervour at Jenab Sahab Soura, Aasar Sharif Kalashpora, Kabamarg and Khiram Sirhama in Anantnag and other places.
People while voicing their opinion said, “They were sad about the fact that Urs commemorations could not be held due to Covid-19 restrictions during the past two years, but devotees said they prayed for good times ahead”.
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