Hazratbal Shrine Srinagar
Hazratbal Shrine is the holiest shrine in Srinagar. The name of the shrine comes from the Urdu word Hazrat, meaning respected, and the Kashmiri word bal, meaning place. Thus it means the place which is given high regards and is respected among the people.The Shrine is right on the banks of Dal Lake and is an important pilgrimage site.The presence of the hair of Prophet Mohammed makes it a revered place for the Muslims. This is displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by fairs. Apart from these occasions, Friday prayers are offered at Hazratbal and attended by throngs of people. Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. The shrine – mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the Dal Lake opposite Nishat Bagh and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond.
The shrine has a courtyard that opens to the lake. From the outside the shrine looked dull. Many construction work around the shrine and particularly on the tomb didn’t help either. It has a large outer hall and a sacred inner sanctum. Out of reverence people wear caps while entering the shrine. There are skull caps in a basket at the entrance and can picked and worn before entering the inner sanctum. The interior of the shrine is quite peaceful and cool. It is a place for meditation and to prayer. It is also here that the relic of Prophet Mohammed is kept.
The nearest Airport is approx. 25 Km away. This Airport is connected with major cities of India. The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu which is 300 Kms away and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India. Every sort of transport to suit every budget from Buses to Taxis ply on this Highway. It Takes around 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountainous road which crosses some beautiful spots and the famous Jawahar Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with India. Regular transport is available from various points in the Srinagar city with nominal charges. Route from Dal Lake can also be undertaken.
- CategoryMosque, Religious Places, Tourist Places
- LocationHazratbal, Srinagar
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