Thousands throng revered shrine at Koh-e-Maran
URS HAZRAT MAKHDOOM SAHIB (RA)
Srinagar, Dec 31: Braving bone-chilling cold, 75-year old Muhammad Ayoub, walks four kilometers every morning these days to pay obeisance at the Shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoom Sahib (RA) on the foothills of Koh-e-Maran here.
Ayoub an inhabitant of Shaher-e-Khaas is among thousands of devotees who visit the shrine during the ongoing Urs at the Shrine.
Most of the devotees said that it is their routine since childhood to pay obeisance at the shrine. Javid Ahmad a devotee was accompanied by his eight-year old son Inaam-ul-Haq.
“It is our family tradition to take kids to this revered shrine. My father used to take me and my siblings along during Urs day to this Shrine for paying obeisance. I want my son to inherit and carry forward this practice,” he said.
The little boy held his father’s hands tightly and walked up the staircases leading to the Shrine to pay obeisance there. Thereafter, the father-son duo went for shopping from makeshift stalls there.
Abdul Hamid a devotee in his ‘70s finds it tough in bone-chilling cold to climb the mega staircases leading to the Shrine. “But I am determined to pay obeisance at the Shrine. Since my childhood, I used to accompany my father to this Shrine for all the thirteen Urs days. I find peace of mind here,” Hamid said.
Devotees ensure that they visit the Shrine every morning during the annual Urs to participate in Khattamaat Sharief.
“Before going to my office, I ensure to pay obeisance here,” said one of the devotees.
During these days, there is a surge in business of the street vendors and shopkeepers in the area.
Besides local shopkeepers, the makeshift vendors mostly selling traditional snacks like Nadur Munjis and Parathas too do brisk business.
Muhammad Sultan who sells masala at the Shrine’s staircases said: “These days a large number of devotees visit the Shrine, despite harsh cold weather. Our sales go up these days,” he said.
Besides, during the Urs days there is festive atmosphere in all the adjacent localities of Makdoom Sahib (RA) area. Residents of these areas often invite their relatives for feasts.
Peerzada Shahid Jeelani Makhdoomi, Sajad-e- Nasheen, Makhdoomi Sahib (RA) Shrine said the Urs is observed from 11 Safar to 24 Safar of Islamic calendar.
“During these 13 days, lakhs of devotes throng the Shrine to pay their obeisance and seek blessings,” Makhdoomi told Greater Kashmir.
He said that there is need of expansion of areas surrounding the Shrine. “For this purpose we have submitted a proposal to the Government and also there is need of road widening of all roads leading to the shrine,” Makhdoomi said.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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