Annual urs of Dastgeer Sahab (RA) observed across Kashmir
Srinagar: 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 Friday.
The Urs was observed with religious zeal across the Valley. The devotees including men, women, old and children thronged the shrine on Thursday evening and offered special 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 said that a huge gathering of devotees was witnessed at both the shrines 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. The biggest congregational prayers were held at Khanyar shrine 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 Kashmir traditional food stuff.
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 things were put in place on the Urs of Dastgeer Sahab (RA),” an official said. (KNO)