Annual Urs of Dastageer Sahib observed in Kashmir

Holy relic being shown to devotees at Dastageer Sahib Shrine on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Shakeel
Holy relic being shown to devotees at Dastageer Sahib Shrine on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar Dec 19: The annual Urs of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), commonly known as Dastageer Sahib was observed today with religious fervour across the Valley.
Amid cold weather conditions, hundreds of people including men, women, old and children thronged the shrines of the 11th Century Sufi saint in Srinagar since last evening and participated in the night-long prayers.
The two shrines Khanyar and Sarai Bala witnessed a huge congregational throughout the day, during which the holy relic of the revered saint was displayed.

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The biggest congregational prayers were held at Khanyar shrine where thousands of people paid obeisance.
The clerics threw light on the teachings of revered saint during the night long prayers. The devotees also participated in the special prayers held during the day.
The shrines were decorated while the traders had also erected banners, displaying the greetings.
Dastageer Sahib shrine located at Khanyar in old Srinagar city, was damaged in mysterious blaze in 2012 following the authorities renovated it with a different look. Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), is buried at Baghdad in Iraq.
Similar reports of observing the Urs of the revered saint were received from various areas including Baramulla, Pinjura Shopian, Sirhama, Handwara and Tujjar Sharief in Sopore.
Braving chilly weather conditions, hundreds of devotees participated in the night-long prayers in Pinjura.
People from all corners of South Kashmir converged at Pinjura shrine in Shopian and participated in the nightlong prayers here.
Meanwhile, authorities had made elaborate arrangements on the occasion of Urs.