Kishtwar, Nov 9: Like every year Urs of Shah Asrar-ud-Din will be celebrated on November 10 here. Son of Shah Farid-ud-Din who came to Kishtwar from Baghdad during the reign of Raja Jai Singh to propagate Islam, Shah Asrar-ud-Din's Dargah is known as Bun Astan or Astan Payeen. Hazrat Shah Farid-ud-Din hailed from Baghdad and came to India during Mughal regime.
According to locals Shah Asrar-ud-Din was a born saint whose heart was full of inspired knowledge. "His blessed personality changed the condition of frustrated people and helpless ones, who had been afflicted with worldly affairs. Influenced by his care for the poor, redressed of grievances and listening to their woes a large number of people converted to Islam."
In the ranks of his devotees non-Muslims were seen among the followers in that era of disturbance. The annual Urs is celebrated on 25th of Katak corresponding to November 9 and 10. It is a holiday in districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban.