Urs of ‘Sultan-Ul-Arifeen’ celebrated with gaiety

Srinagar: The annual Urs of Hazrat Sheikh Hamza Makhdoomi (RA) was celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety as hundreds of devotees thronged the shrine of the Sufi saint on the Koh-e-Maran hills in old city here on Saturday.

As per a rough estimate, the congregational prayers were offered by more than 30,000 people, who converged from different parts of the Valley to the famous shrine.

They said that devotees offered Durud (praises to prophet Muhammad while chief cleric of the shrine threw light on the contributions by the saint, popularly known as Sultan-Ul-Arifeen, in spreading Islam in Jammu and Kashmir.

Last night, devotes held prayers by offering Durud and recited Holy Quran for the entire night at the shrine for the blessing of Allah.

Traffic cops also remained busy throughout the day to man traffic to the shrine that poured from many parts of the valley.

Unlike last year when weeklong siege during the Urs days by government following killing of two youths in alleged police and CRPF action played a spoilsport, the rush of devotees cheered up the Nadurmungies (traditional snack sellers).