Thousands of devotees from across the Kashmir valley Thursday thronged Hazratbal shrine on the occasion Mehraj-ul-Alam (anniversary of the night-time ascension of the Prophet (SAW) to heaven).
As per a rough estimate, over a lakh devotees, comprising men, women and children converged at the shrine—housing the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)—on the outskirts of this summer capital throughout the day.
Hundreds of vehicles carrying devotees from all over Kashmir converged at the shrine also known as Dargah Sharif and Asar-e-Sherief to have glimpses of the holy relics of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) displayed five times after every prayer today.
As the relics were displayed, most of people were seen folding their hands while some had tears trickling down their face as they prayed to have their wishes fulfilled on the occasion.
People also offered ‘Durud’ (praises of the Prophet) and recited Holy Quran at the shrine for atonement of their sins.
Meanwhile, traffic cops remained on their toes throughout the day to man traffic to the shrine that poured virtually from all parts of the valley.
Fleet of State Road Transport Corporation ferried the devotees to and from Hazratbal while the authorities had enforced one-way traffic system to ensure smooth movement. From Lal Chowk, all buses were allowed to ply to Hazratbal via Hawal and Lal Bazar routes while those coming from Hazratbal to the city plied via Rainawari.
Authorities had also made elaborate arrangements on the occasion including erection of tents for medical aid at several places along the streets for the devotees.
Reports of Mehraj-ul-Alam celebrations were received from all across the valley including Jenab Sahib Soura, Asar-i-Sharief Shehri Kalashpora, Ka’aba Marg, Asar-i-Sharief, Baramulla, Aham Sharief, Bandipora and other places.