Srinagar: Several thousand devotees from across the Kashmir Valley converged at the revered Hazratbal shrine here Sunday on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).
Braving chill, thousands of men, women and children thronged the shrine throughout the day to have glimpse of the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) which was displayed after every prayer.
The biggest congregation was witnessed in the afternoon prayers with tens of thousands of people converging at the shrine and its adjacent sprawling lawns along the banks of Dal lake.
The devotees also offered ‘Durud’ and recited the Holy Qur’an.
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 decorated.
Hundreds of private transport vehicles and State Road Transport Corporation buses ferried the devotees to and from Hazratbal. The authorities had enforced different traffic plan to ensure smooth movement of the traffic to and from the shrine.
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.
Besides Hazratbal, congregational prayers were also held at Asarisharif Kalashpora, Jenab Sahib Soura, Lal Bazaar, Pinjura 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 life of the Prophet (SAW).
Milad processions were also taken at a number of places in Srinagar and other districts of the Valley including Hawal, Nowhatta, Baghwanpora, Shaheedgunj, Shalteng Malpora,, Pampore, Yaroo Kulgam, Damhal Hanjipora, Bijbehara, Dooru, Khanabal and Mir Bazaar Anantnag.
Kashmir Reader correspondent from Baramulla Mushtaq Ahmad reported that a Milad procession was taken out from Khanpora area which culminated peacefully after marching through various lanes of the North Kashmir district.