Urs of Ghous-ul-Azam celebrated in Kashmir with religious fervor, gaiety

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/30/2017 12:36:19 PM

Srinagar, Dec 30: The annual urs of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, popularly known as Ghous-ul-Azam, Dastageer Sahib, a 11th century saint, was celebrated on Saturday with religious fervor and gaiety in the Kashmir valley.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti greeted people on the occasion.

Despite chilly weather conditions, thousands of people, including women and children, participated in the night-long special prayers at shrines associated with Dastageer sahib. The main function was organised at Khanyar in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and Sarai-Bala near here.

People from different parts of the Kashmir valley and outside participated in the prayers at Khanyar, where authorities besides the shrine management had made all arrangements for the devotees. Private transporters have also made arrangements to bring devotees from different parts of the valley to shrine. People prayed for peace and prosperity in the state.

Hundreds of vendors had put up stalls, particularly selling eatables, near the shrine. A number of local organisations were also seen distributing tea and meals to devotees on the occasion.

Ms Mufti has greeted people on the annual Urs of Peer Dastgeer Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani Sahib being observed on Saturday.

She said in the teachings and practices of Hazrat Peer Dastageer Sahib lies the way ahead to get out of the troubles and tribulations of present times.

The Chief Minister had directed the divisional administration of Kashmir to ensure availability of essentials, power and drinking water for the devotees at places where the Urs is being celebrated.

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