Srinagar: Tens of thousands of devotees from across the Valley converged at the revered Hazratbal shrine here Tuesday on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).
Braving the winter chill, thousands of men, women and children thronged the shrine throughout the day to have a glimpse of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) which was displayed after every prayer.
Nearly twenty thousand people alone converged at the shrine in the morning.
However, the biggest congregation was witnessed in the afternoon prayers with more than forty thousand people converging at the shrine and its adjacent sprawling lawns along the banks of Dal.
Most people were seen folding their hands while some had tears trickling down their faces as they prayed. People also offered ‘Durud’ and recited the Holy Qur’an.
Besides Hazratbal, congregational prayers were also held at Asarisharif Kalashpora, Jenab Sahib Soura, Lal Bazaar, Punjura Shopian, Khiram Sirhama Anantnag, Seer Hamadan, Kaba Marg, Qaimoh, Ahamshrief Bandipora and Hazrat Janbaz Wali (RA) Baramulla. Nightlong prayers were held across the Valley where imams threw light on the pious life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
A festive look prevailed for the past several days as various mosques and shrines in this summer capital of the state and other major towns were decked with lights.
Over one thousand private transport vehicles and State Road Transport Corporation buses ferried the devotees to and from Hazratbal while the authorities had enforced different traffic plan to ensure smooth movement.
Authorities had also made elaborate arrangements on the occasion including erection of tents for medical aid at several places along the streets for the devotees.
Kashmir Reader correspondent from Baramulla Mushtaq Ahmad reported that a ‘Milad rally’ was taken out from Khanpora area which culminated peacefully after marching through various lanes of the North Kashmir.
Reports about Milad processions were also received from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited the Hazratbal shrine this evening and paid obeisance.
The Chief Minister offered ‘Magrib’ (evening) prayer at the shrine among thousands of devotees, an official spokesman said.
Omar prayed for peace and prosperity of the state and well-being of the mankind, he said. The Chief Minister extended his greetings to the people and shared felicitations with the devotees at the shrine.