Milad celebrated with religious fervour, Holy relic displayed at Hazratbal shrine


SRINAGAR: Eid-e-Milad, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was observed on Wednesdaywith religious fervour, gaiety and enthusiasm across Kashmir valley during which thousands of devotees attended night-long prayers in major shrines of the region.
The largest congregation was held at Hazratbal shrine, which also houses the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), here on the banks of Dal lake. Braving cold, thousands of men, women and children attended night-long prayers and sought peace, mercy and blessings from Almighty.
During the course of the day, a huge number of devotees from all across the Valley thronged Hazratbal, attended congregational prayers and were shown holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The relic was brought to Hazratbal, formerly known as Bagh-i-Sadiqabad, in the eighth century and since then it becomes the most revered shrine of Kashmir valley.
The holy relic was displayed five times after the culmination of congregational prayers by head cleric of the Hazratbal shrine during which emotional scenes were witnessed with tears rolling down from the eyes of devotees, mostly women, who were seeking mercy from Almighty and regretting their sins.
State Government said all the arrangements were in place for the convenience of the devotees at Hazratbal. All the departments were put in service for the convenience of the devotees and that include Public Health Engineering (PHE), Health Department and Power Development Department (PDD).
The stringent security arrangements were also in place in and around Hazratbal shrine. Scores of Jammu and Kashmir Police cops were deployed to prevent any untoward incident while senior officers were keeping a vigil on an entire Hazratbal area. The police were keeping a close eye on traffic and parking management.