The Hazratbal Shrine, considered to be the holiest Muslim shrine in Kashmir, is located on the left bank of the Dal. The mosque was established by Inayat Begum who was the custodian of the holy relic – the Moi-e-Muqqadas, which is believed to be a hair of the Prophet Mohammed. The relic was brought to Kashmir in the year 1700. The original building of the shrine was constructed in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan’s subedar Sadiq Khan. The palatial building was known as Ishrat Jahan (or the pleasure house). In 1634, the emperor ordered the building to be converted into a prayer hall. The building has distinct Persian influence and is the only domed mosque in Kashmir, while the rest have a pagoda-style roof. The construction of the marble structure present here today was started in 1968 and completed in 1979. From the grand shrine, you get a beautiful view of the Dal Lake and mountain ranges beyond. At the Dargah, you can photograph thousands of pigeons and if you’re lucky, you might photograph flight of thousands of pigeons against the backdrop of Dargah. Visitors should know that the shrine allows only men in the inner prayer hall. Women are allowed up to the outer hall only. The Hazratbal Dargah is featured in Bollywood movies like Fanaa and Haider and finds mention in the plot of the movie Mission Kashmir.
According to legend, the relic was first brought to Kashmir by Syed Abdullah, a purported descendant of Muhammad who left Medina and settled in Bijapur, near Hyderabad in 1635.However, when the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb came to know of what had transpired, he had the relic seized and sent to the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer, and had Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai imprisoned in Delhi for possessing the relic. Later, realizing his mistake, Aurangzeb decided to restore the relic to Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai and to allow him to take it to Kashmir. However, Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai had already died in imprisonment. In 1700, the relic finally reached Kashmir, along with the body of Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai. There, Inayat Begum, daughter of Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai, became a custodian of the relic and established the shrine. Since then, her male descendats have been caretakers of the relic.
TWhen Syed Abdullah died, his son, Syed Hamid, 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 sold it to a wealthy Kashmiri businessman, Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai.
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Considered to be the holiest Muslim shrine in the Kashmir Valley, the Hazratbal Shrine is a Muslim shrine that is located on the left bank of the spectacular Dal Lake. Situated in Hazratbal in Srinagar, India, the shrine takes its name from the Kashmiri language, where Hazrat means 'holy', and the word bal stands for 'place'. Hazratbal thus literally means the 'Majestic Place' and is particularly famous since it houses a relic known as the Moi-e-Muqqadas, which is believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a hair of Muhammad, the Prophet. The hair has been preserved safely in the shrine and is brought before the general public only on specific occasions.
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Interesting facts about The Hazratbal Shrine
The shrine is thus considered to be sacred amongst the Muslims and attracts thousands of tourists to it from all across the country. In fact, the shrine is a symbol of the love and respect that the Muslims have for their Prophet Muhammad.
The Hazratbal Shrine was initially constructed as a pleasure house by Sadiq Khan. Later on, the place became a house of prayers and ultimately came to be used as a shrine. Known by multiple names such as Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani and Dargah Shari, the Hazratbal Shrine is a beautiful structure made of white marble. Visitors get a chance to witness the beautiful Dal Lake and the captivating Himalayas in the background, and the beauty of the shrine is as appealing as the spiritual aura of the place, giving visitors more than one reason to visit the magnificent shrine again and again.