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Religious Places in Srinagar

Religious Places in Srinagar

Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir is located in the Valley of Kashmir is situated on the banks of river Jhelum which is the stream of the Indus River. The city is very popular for its scintillating lakes, Mughal gardens, houseboats and religious places. Pleasant climatic conditions, scenic spots makes it one of the sought after tourist destination of Northern India. There are various religious places in Srinagar which represents the epitome of religious harmony among the people of Kashmir. These religious places of Srinagar are of great importance in terms of architecture, religious belief of the people and cultural heritage of the state. Some of the best known religious places of Srinagar include:

Pari Mahal: Also known as Quntilon, Pari Mahal is a historic monument placed above the beautiful Chashma Shahi Garden. The ancient monument brings out the architecture brilliance of the by gone era. A well laid spacious garden surrounds this structure which was once a Buddhist Monastery and later it was converted to a school of astrology promoted by the eldest son of Shah Jahan Dara Shikoh.

Hari Parbat: The hill of Hari Parbat is considered to be sacred for Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs alike. It was developed by the Afgan Governer, At Mohammad Khan in 18th century. Hari Parbat is sacred for Hindus due to the presence of temple of Sharika Mata, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. On the southern side of Hari Parbat is located the historic shrine of Makhdoom Sahib, a revered Sufi saint of Kashmir. Further down the hill is located a historic Gurudwara of Chhatti Padshahi near the Kathi Darwaza of the fort. It is associated with the visit of the sixth Sikh guru to Kashmir.

Khanqah-e-Molla: Placed on the banks of charming River Jhelum, this holy shrine of Muslims is also famous by the name of Shah- E-Hamdan. The major attraction of the shrine is its splendid wooden architecture. Built in 1395, Khanqah-E-Molla is one of the major tourist attractions of Srinagar.

Hazratbal Mosque: HazratbalMosque is one of the important Muslim religious places is situated on the western shore of Dal Lake. The pristine beauty of this white marble architecture is well reflected in the waters of Dal Lake. The special significance of this religious place is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. It is displayed to the people on special religious occasions usually accompanied by fairs. The other interesting fact about this religious place is its architecture. It is the only doomed mosque in Srinagar while the others having distinct pagoda like roofs.

Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid situated at Nowhatta in the heart of Srinagar is also an important religious place of Srinagar was built by sultan sikandar in 1400 AD and later on enlarged by his son Zain-Ul-Abidin. The architecture of the mosque is a typical example of Indo-Saracenic style with a magnificent courtyard and 370 wooden pillars. Destroyed thrice by fire, each time the mosque was rebuilt. As it now stands was repaired during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh. Large number of people congregates over here for Friday prayers. It has the capacity to accommodate more than 30,000 people offering prayers at a time.

Shankaracharya Temple: Also known as the Jyesteshwara Temple or Pas-Pahar, Shankaracharya Temple is one of the ancient temples of Srinagar located on the Gopadari Hill in the south-east of Srinagar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the oldest shrines in the Valley of Kashmir. The temple still follows the traditional beliefs and customs of Hinduism in terms of offering prayers to the presiding deity or chanting of Shlokas. In olden days a great festival was used to held here on the 10th day of the Lunar fortnight of Baisakh corresponds to the month of March. The site dates back to 250 BC and it is believed that the famous philosopher Shankracharya stayed at this place when he visited Kashmir some ten centuries ago to revive the Sanatan Dharm.

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