Jammu & Kashmir

Annual urs of Dastgeer Sahab (RA) observed with religious fervor

Thousands participate in congregational prayers at shrines in Srinagar, holy relic of saint displayed for devotees at Khanyar, other shrines

Srinagar, Nov 27: Thousands of devotes on Friday participated in the special congregational prayers at Dastgeer Sahab shrine in Khanyar and Sarai Bala areas of Srinagar where annual Urs of the 11th century Sufi saint, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), known as Dastageer Sahib, was observed with religious fervor today.

The Urs was observed with religious zeal across the Valley. The devotees as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) including men, women, old and children thronged the shrine on Thursday evening and participated in the night-long prayers. The Urs of Dastgeer Sahab (RA) is being observed on the 11th day of Rabi Al Thani—the fourth month of the Islamic Hijri Calendar.

Witnesses told KNO that a huge gathering of devotees was witnessed at both the shrines today situated in Srinagar areas including Khanyar and Sarai Bala.

Emotional scenes were also witnessed at the Dastgeer Sahab shrines when the people had the glimpse of the holy relic of the revered saint today. The biggest congregational prayers were held at Khanyar shrine here where thousands of devotees participated in the congregational prayers.

During the special prayers, the religious clerics threw light on the teachings of the revered saint.

Besides, the shrines at both the places were decorated by the caretakers (Khadims).

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

It is worth to mention here that the devotees paid obeisance at the shrines for the last 11 days till the main Urs day today.

Pertinently, the actual shrine of the revered saint is located at Baghdad in Iraq. Even though the saint has never visited Kashmir, he is highly revered by the locals.

Similar reports of observing the Urs of the revered saint were received from other parts of the Valley.

Meanwhile, authorities had made elaborate arrangements on the Urs of the revered saint. “Various arrangements including the diversion plan for the traffic and other basic things were put in place on the Urs of Dastgeer Sahab (RA),” the officials said—(KNO)

 

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