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Traditional ‘Zool’ festival observed at Aishmuqam shrine

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Aishmuqam: Hundreds of devotees thronged the holy shrine of Kashmir’s noted saint Sakhi Zainuddin Wali (RA) in Aishmuqam and performed the traditional ‘Zool’ ritual.

Locals from Ashimuqam said that today ‘Zool’ festival was performed with religious zeal as last year this festival was performed for a short duration due to the holy month of Ramadan.

“Zool was performed outside cave and most of the people visited the shrine and cave during the day,” they said, adding that hundreds of people continue to throng the shrine.

The ritual is performed by devotees as a mark of respect for the saint as it is held to mark the beginning of agricultural activity after a prolonged winter season.

The Sufi saint is believed to have settled in Aishmuqam and is said to have gone into deep meditation inside the cave and battled a demon that was petrifying the villagers.

To celebrate his victory, people assemble every year and light up their wooden torches and oil lamps.

More than hundred staircases, leading to the shrine, are also lit up by the devotees on the occasion.

“People enter the cave mausoleum, seeking the blessings to end their miseries,” said a devotee, Tanveer Ahmad.

For the thousands of pilgrims, who gather at Ashmuqam, the annual torch festival also symbolizes the end of the long winter and the beginning of the new sowing season.

People from different communities visit the shrine to spread the message of communal harmony and brotherhood, added Tanveer. (KNO)

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