Srinagar shrine: Where the faithful flocked
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In a massive fire on Monday, the Dastgeer Sahib shrine located in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, was almost completely destroyed. A place of worship for the local devout and revered by people of all faiths, the incident saw the locals weeping openly as there was little they could do as the flames spread.
Thankfully, valuable relics of the sufi saint, Hazrat Sheikh Abdullah Qadir Jeelani, populary known as Gaus Ul Azam, after whom the mosque is named, as well as rare Quranic manuscripts, were saved.
The photograph above is how the shrine looked before the fire gutted it. A beautiful green and white mosque, it was more than 300-years-old and an example of Kashmiri architecture, with khatamband style of ceiling. Now, INTACH's J&K Chapter is planning to give a digital map of the shrine to the Government to enable it to restore the shrine's original look.
Apparently, an Afghan traveller who was visiting Kashmir, presented the then Governor a holy relic belonging to a renowned sufi saint syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani. The relic was deposited with Syed Buzargh Shah, a prominent Qadri order sufi of that time. Later, a shrine was constructed at Khanyar in 1806 to house the relics, which were displayed to the general public during various religious festivals
Source: Times of Inda