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Hazratbal


According to legend, the relic was first brought to India by Syed Abdullah, a descendant of the holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) who left Medina and settled in Bijapur, near Hyderabad in 1635. When Syed Abdullah died, his son, SyedHamid, inherited the relic. Following the Mughal conquest of the region, Syed Hamid was stripped of his family estates. Finding himself unable to care for the relic, he gave it as the most precious gift to his close Mureed and a wealthy Kashmiri businessman, Khwaja Nur-ud-DinIshbari.However, when the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb came to know (due tosome misinformation) of what had transpired, he had the relic seized and sent to the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer, and hadKhwaja Nur-ud-Din imprisoned in Lahore for possessing the relic. Later,realizing his mistake, Aurangzeb decided to restore the relic to KhwajaNur-ud-Din and allow him to take it to Jammu & Kashmir, but by thatpoint, Khwaja Nur-ud-Din had already died in imprisonment. In the year1700, the relic finally reached Jammu & Kashmir, along with the body of Khwaja Nur-ud-Din. There, Inayat Begum, daughter of KhwajaNur-ud-Din, became a custodian of the relic and established the shrine.


Dastigir Sahab

Dominating a busy junction in the old city, the grand Sufi shrine, Pir Dastgir Sahib looks more like a civic building than a mosque. The graceful white and green exterior hides a glorious papier-mache interior full of scrollwork, Arabic script and floral motifs, supported by papier-mache palms. Men and women are welcome and visitors can take pictures with permission from the attendants.One mosque that is relatively free ofexternal disturbance is the Dastgir Sahib dargah situated in Srinagarin the Kashmir Valley. Communal harmony and syncretism are the features of this mosque for many centuries. This mosque is very special, adorned with colorful panels that are carved intricately and to wrench down theAytal Kursi, by the devotees, which hang at the door.



Shahi Hamdan

Khanqah-e-Mollawas ravaged by fire in 1480, and reconstructed by Sultan Hassan Shah in1493. Again in 1731, the shrine got damaged, with Abul Barkat Khan reconstructing it in 1731.Khanqah-e-Molla, as it stands today, has asquare plan, erected on irregular walled base made of materials from ancient temples. The two-storied, two-tiered structure of the shrinehas gently sloping pyramidal roofs demarcating each tier. The roofs are further accentuated by heavy woodwork adorning the cornices under theeaves.The first tier features double-arcaded verandahs that run continuously around the building, and the second tier is in the form ofan arcaded balcony protruding on all four sides of the main building.


Gurdwara

Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi, Kathi Darwaja, Rainwari, Srinagar is one of the most important Sikh Gurudwaras in Kashmir. This historical Gurdwara is included in the tourist place of Srinagar city of Kashmir valley. It is situated just outside the southern gate of Hari Parbat fort.

The sixth guru of Sikhism travelled through Kashmir, stopping to preach occasionally and stayed for fewdays. Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi - Srinagar, on the bank of Jhelum Riverand Dal Lake, is located at the site which was visited by Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Hargobind as well. Some sources also list a visit by GuruHar Rai, but the historical Sikh shrine here is named after Guru Hargobind alone the Chhevin Patshahi or Sixth Master, it is located outside Kathi Gate of Hari Parbat Fort at the site of the house of MaiBhagbhari, who had long been yearning for a glimpse of the Guru when Guru Hargobind fulfilled her wish by his visit and wearing of her now famous gown.The Gurdwara comprises a rectangular hall with the sanctumin the middle and a spacious terrace in front. An old well nearby issaid to have been dug on the orders of Guru Hargobind.



Shankar Achariya

A Kashmir silk route Hub offers you an opportunity to visit one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations, the sacred temple of Shankar Acharya. This temple is located on the top of the hills, southeast of Srinagar and is commonly known as the Takht-i-Sulaiman. This temple is situated at a height of 1100 feet above the Srinagar city. The temple is devoted to the worship of lord Shiva. Tours and travel to this pilgrimage involves a trek to the top of the hills in the Srinagar region.

Budshah Tomb

The tomb of the mother of Sultan Zain-Ul-Abideen(1420-70) popularly known as Badshah is a splended representative piece of the Shahmiri architecture. The monument, situated on the right bank of the river Jehlum near Zaina Kadal is the only one of its kind in and around Kashmir which, compared to the wooden structures of the shahmiri period, is a wholly brick structure.

Jamia Masjid

Srinagar's principal place of worship, the mighty Jama Masjid was constructed by Sultan Sikander in 1394, but the current building dates from 1672.Built in the classic Kashmiri style, the masjid has room for 33,000 devotees. The 378 columns that support the roof were each made from the trunk of a single deodar tree, and monumental brick gate houses mark the four cardinal directions. Visitors are welcome at the discretion of the mosque attendants, but bags and cameras are prohibited. The Jama Masjid of Srinagar is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. An important mosque in Srinagar, it was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400AD. Later, the son of Sultan Sikandar, Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended .



Makhdoom Sahab

Makhdum Sahib Shrine, Srinagar One of the most sacred shrines in Kashmir, Makhdoom Sahib Shrine is located on the southern side of Hari Parbat Hill in Srinagar. This double storied mosque, in the name of the Sufi saint Makhdoom Sahib or Hazrat Sultan, placed below the attractive Mughal Fort alias the HariParbat Fort, is a structure with many pillars and is a rare example ofMughal architectural style.
This mosque brings out the an cientculture and archaeological values in the Mughal period. Hazrat Sultanis believed to have divine powers and many devotees visit here irrespective of the religion. This shrine is visited by people with all faiths and is open through out the year.


Charai Sharif
Charar-i-sharif counts amongst the most sacrosanct Muslim shrines in India. It is situated approximately 40 km from Srinagar, en route to Yusmarg near POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). A wooden shrine, the Charar-i-sharif is approximately 600 years old. Popularly known as the Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali, the shrine was built to commemorate Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani, a Sufi saint. The life of the Sheikh is full of legends and tales. He was born as Nund Reshi or Sahazanand to SalarSanz in 1377. It is said that he refused to drink milk till the third day after his birth, when a Yogini (female saint), Lal Ded fed him with her own milk. Later, she left the house after saying that the child would be her spiritual heir.

Baba Reshi

Shrine (Ziarat) of Baba Reshi, dedicated to Muslim scholar and saint BabaReshi, is a sacred mosque in the valley of Gulmarg. This is a tomb was built in 1480. Baba Reshi was an important courtier during the period of King of Kashmir Zain-ul-Abidin and is considered as a holy shrine.

The five century old shrine was constructed with the architectural styles of Persian and Mughals. The shrine is located in a vast expanse of greenish lawns and it can accommodate many thousands at a time. This sacred tomb is a highly revered religious attraction and thousands of devotees year visit this shrine every year.

Kheer Bwani

Kheer Bhavani Temple is special, not for the reason of its architecture, butfor the unusual tradition of offering Kheer to the presiding deity.Located in Tullamula of Srinagar district, Kheer Bhavani Temple is a highly revered shrine amongst the Hindus. The temple can be reached easily from Srinagar by regular tourist buses and taxis. Khir Bhawani Mandir is set amidst the picturesque surroundings covered with the trees of Chinar.

Hari Parbat

The Mughal fort situated on the banks of the Dal Lake of Srinagar, it is positioned on top of the Sharika Hill. Originally, it was built during the reign of Akbar but its present structure owes itself to the Afghan governor of Kashmir in the 18th century. It has a Parvati temple on the western slope and the Muslim shrines of Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib and Akhund Mullah Shah on the southern one. On the southern side of the outer wall there is a Guru Dwara, which commemorates the visit of Guru Hargobind Singh. Presently the fort is under army occupation.

Pathar Masjid

Pathar Masjid, the biggest surviving Mughal structure in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is located across the Jhelum river and faces the Shah Hamdan mosque. The mosque, built by Noor Jahan in 1623 AD, consists of nine arches in the style of horizontal construction.

It is believed that the construction was supervised by the renowned architect and a known Mughal historian Malik Hyder Chaudhary. The masjid is in ruins, but visitors can get the blessed feeling of devotion. This is good place to have a closer look at the Mughal architectural styles.

Rauza Bal (Tomb of Jesus)

The mausolaeum of the profet Yuz Asaf and the Islamic saint Syed Nasr-ud-Dinis is today located in the middle of Srinagar's old town, Anzimar in the Khanyar quarter. The building constructed is called "Razabal" or "Rauza Bal". "Rauza" is a term used to denote the tomb of a celebrated personality, someone noble, wealthy or saintly. "Yus Asaf" is the Islamic name for Jesus. Many ancient literary works in Kashmir testify to the fact that Yuz Asaf and Jesus are the same person. One old manuscript desribes the shrine as the grave of Issa Rooh-Allah, "Jesus the Spirit of God". Thousands of the faithful makes pilgrimages to this tomb - not just Muslims, but Hindus, Buddhists and Christians as well. The true importance of this modest shrine has been preserved in the memory of the descendants of the ancient Israelites to this day. They call the shrine, "The tomb of Hazrat Issa Sahib", "The Tomb of Lord Jesus".