RELIGIOUS PLACES IN AND AROUND SRINAGAR

Jama Masjid:
An ancient mosque, Jamia Masjid is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture situated at in the middle of the old city Nowhatta. Jama Masjid is the main mosque built in the 14th century by Sultan Sikander Butshikan. Architecturally unique, this monument has spires instead of domes and minarets. The mosque's main attraction is the prayer hall, which contains 370 wooden pillars, each one made with a single piece of deodar trunk. The compound is constructed in the style of a Mughal Garden, with two wide paths. This spacious mosque can accommodate 30,000 people at one time during prayers.


Charar-e-Sharief:
The shrine is dedicated to a revered Sufi saint named Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani, who propagated Rishism in Jammu and Kashmir . Charar-e-Sharief is a old renowned shrine, situated in its namesake hamlet Chraar near Srinagar. Having a splendid heritage of more than 600 years, it is counted amongst the oldest places of worship in the region. This place is also known as Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali.

This shrine has a wooden structure, which was destroyed during the gun battle between the Indian armed forces and the militants in 1995, in this attack the whole area was gutted down during the battle. However, local authorities carried out the restoration work, and Charar-e-Sharief was brought back to its normal form. Relics of Noor-ud-Din Noorani are preserved here, which make it a place of immense religious significance.


The temple of Sharika Bhagwati:
It present on the western slope of Hari Parbat hill, which is also known as Predemna Peet. Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as 18-armed Sharika – the presiding deity of Srinagar. Har Navum – the birth occasion of the Goddess is celebrated at the temple by offering taher-charvan (rice and goat liver meat).


Dastgir Sahib:
Dastgir Sahib Shrine is an important Islamic place of worship, which is situated in the old city of Srinagar. This shrine was established in remembrance of Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani, who was a revered Sufi saint and preacher. It earns widespread recognition for its stunning interiors and mostly embedded with wooden carving panels that cover most of the mausoleum reflects artistic brilliance and creativity. Papier-machie scroll work and impressive motifs are used to decorate the interiors of this shrine. Holy scriptures written in Arabic language are also present inside Dastgir Sahib. Making the shrine all the more beautiful are the elegant and ornate chandeliers that look stunning when lit. Dastgir Sahib Shrine also houses relics of eminent Islamic personalities.

Visitors are allowed to click photographs inside the premises of this shrine. They can take pictures of its beautiful interiors, which are adorned with traditional designs.


Makhdoom sahib shrine :
This is the shrine of Hamza Makhdoom situated below the attractive Mughal Fort alias the Hari Parbat Fort. It is one of the most sacred shrines in Kashmir. Makhdoom Sahib Shrine is located on the southern side of Hari Parbat Hill in Srinagar. It has double storied mosque, which is built in the name of the Sufi saint Makhdoom Sahib or Hazrat Sultan (RA), is a structure with many pillars and is a rare example of Mughal architectural style.
This mosque brings out the ancient culture and archaeological values of the Mughal period. Hazrat Sultan (RA) is believed to have divine spiritual powers and many devotees visit this place irrespective of their religion.

Earlier people had to walk by foot to reach the Shrine, a flight of stone steps climbs up to the shrine but now recently Government launched Rope way, like Gulmarg Gondola.


Hazratbal Mosque:
It is a famous shrine / mosque in Kahmir, also known as Dargah Sharif, Assar-e-Sharif and Madinat-Us-Sani. The distinctiveness of the Hazratbal Mosque is that it enshrines the 'Moi-e-Muqaddas' (the sacred hair) of the prophet Mohammed, which is shown to public only on special occasions. is the only domed mosque in Srinagar is a place of serenity, a must visit. The Hazratbal Mosque is on the western banks of the majestic Dal Lake. The white marble mosque offers great views of the Lake in the back drop of the Himalayas. The Mosque is a combination of Kashmiri, Persian, iranian and Mughal styles of architecture, with historical significance dating back to the 17th century


  
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