Srinagar: Meraj-e-Alam, the night when Prophet Mohammad (SAW) ascended to heaven , was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the Valley on Tuesday.
Thousands of devotees from across the Kashmir Valley thronged Hazratbal shrine in outskirts of Srinagar throughout the day in connection with the celebrations.
The devotees also held light long prayers and recited Durood (praises to the Prophet (SAW)) at the shrine, beloved to be housing the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
After every prayer on Tuesday, the relic was displayed with devotees offering special prayers to the last prophet (SAW).
Amid pleasant weather conditions, the rush of the devotees continued throughout the day with tens and thousands of people offering congregational prayers during the day.
District administration had made special arrangements and devised different traffic plans to ensure smooth movement.
Many makeshift refreshment and medical camps were set up by various government and non-governmental organizations for the devotees.
Congregational prayers were also held in many other shrines in the valley include Jenab Sahib Soura, Aasar-i-Sharief Shahri Kailshpora, Aasar-i-Sharief Lal Bazar, Khanqah-e-Mualla, Dastegeer Sahib Khanyar, Kohimaran, Ziyarat Syed Saib Sonwar and Ziyarat Makdoom Sahib.
In south Kashmir, thousands of devotees offered congregational prayers in the shrines at Kaba Marg and Khiram Sirhama in Anantnag district. Besides, night long prayers were held in several Masjids with religious leaders urging people to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in letter and in spirit. Special prayers were also held in Asar-e-Sharif Pinjoora Shopian and Seer Hamadan, where the preachers urged people to desist from indulging in un-Islamic practices.
In North Kashmir, thousands of devotees offered congregational prayers at Aastan-e-Aalia in old town Janbaaz Wali (RA) at Khanpora in Barmulla.
Similar reports were received from other districts including Ganderbal, Budgam and Bandipore.