Thousands of people joined the special night-long prayers and also during the day, at Hazratbal Shrine situated on the bank of Dal Lake, in Srinagar, on the occasion of Shab-i-Meraj.
Hazratbal Shrine houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, which is displayed after every prayer, for the devotees to have a glimpse.
Elaborate traffic and security arrangements have been put in place on the occasion, which will remain in effect for Thursday and Friday.
The night-long and day prayers were also held in various Masjids and shrines across Jammu and Kashmir.
As the relics were displayed five times after every prayer, most of people were seen folding their hands while some had tears trickling down their face as they prayed to have their wishes fulfilled on the occasion.
People also offered ‘Durud’ (praises of the Prophet) and recited Holy Qur’an at the shrine for the atonement of their sins.
Similar religious congregations were held across the length and breadth of the Kashmir Valley. Reports of Meraj-ul-Alam (SAW) functions have come from Asar Sharief Lal Bazar, Jenab Saheb Soura, Kalashpora, Syed Sahib-Sonwar, Shopian, Makhama-Beerwah and other places located across the Kashmir Valley
The Government had kept in place an adequate number of State Road Transport Corporation buses for the to and fro movement of the devotees to Hazratbal as the areas around the shrine wore a festive look with many roadside vendors selling a whole lot of eatables and other items.
The Health Department and some other departments as well as Non-Governmental Organizations had made arrangements so that the devotees don’t face any problem while discharging their religious obligations. Some of the organizations had erected stalls where juices and beverages were offered to the devotees during the course of the day.