The relics of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani(RA) popularly known as Dastgeer Sahib were shifted back to the Khanyar shrine reconstructed after a fire, which devastated the structure two years ago.
The 251-year- old shrine was first constructed by Hazrat Syed Ghulam-ud-Din Azad in 1182 Hijri of Islamic calendar.
"This Khanqah is attributed to Hazrat Sakhi Shah Muhammad Fazil who was descendant of Geelani clan and had brought along the relics from Thatha Sindh," said Syed Khalid Geelani, the shrine Sajada Nisheen.
"In 1294 Hijri the shrine was expanded by a spiritual leader Syed Shah Qadri," Geelani added.
Noted historian Muhammad Yousuf Teng said the shrine was renovated in 1920 by the then noted businessman of Kashmir Khawaja Sona-Ullah Shawl.
However, during a major blaze on June 25, 2012, the shrine was devastated. But due to the timely action of locals and other devotees the relics were rescued and shifted to Syed Khalid Geelani's nearby residence.
Meanwhile President National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah and party working president Omar Abdullah have congratulated the people of the state on shifting back of the relics.
In a statement Thursday, the leader duo "expressed happiness over the successful transfer of the holy relic into the new shrine after the old one was gutted down in a mysterious blaze two years back. "
"With the grace of Almighty Allah and with the prayers of the people of state the new shrine was constructed within a proper timeframe, which the people had long wished after the old shrine was gutted down in mysterious fire," the leaders said.
"They expressed gratitude to all the agencies involved in the construction of the new shrine. They thanked the local people for their co-operation," the handout added.
"For centuries the shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) at Khanyar has remained epitome of Islamic culture and civilization," the leaders added. NC leader Sheikh Nazir also expressed happiness over the development. Meanwhile MLA Khanyar and party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar congratulated all the agencies especially Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Muslim Auqaf Trust and others for completion of the shrine construction.
Sagar said the government tried its level best to construct the shrine in its original shape. He thanked the concerned departments for replicating the old shrine in the new one.
"After the devastating fire that burnt down the entire shrine, Omar Abdullah sahib, had promised people that the shrine would be constructed in its original shape and that promise has been fulfilled and the holy relic has also been shifted to the new shrine," Sagar said.
"Fireproof instruments and fire alarms will also be installed in the shrine, and also CCTV cameras would be installed all around," Sagar said.