Srinagar, December 12
The Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, birthday of Prophet Muhammad, was today celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, president of main opposition National Conference (NC) Dr Farooq Abdullah and several religious, social and separatist leaders have greeted people on the occasion.
Despite chilly weather lakhs of people, including women and children, joined night-long prayers in shrines, mosques, Jamia masjids and other religious places in the valley. The separatist organizations, spearheading the agitation in the valley, have announced relaxation in the strike today in view of festival.
The main congregation was held at Asar-e-Sharief Hazratbal shrine, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad on the bank of Dal Lake.
Thousands of people from different parts of the valley and outside the state joined the night-long prayers in the shrine despite sub zero temperature. After night-long prayers, devotees have the glimpse of Holy Relic after morning prayers today.
According to shrine management, devotees will have the glimpse of the Holy Relic after every prayers throughout the day today.
The authorities had made all arrangements, including transport, water, medical and electricity for the devotees. Large number of private organizations have also set up facilities for the devotees. Vendors had also set up their stalls outside the shrine complex.
The traffic police has already announced traffic routes for devotees to avoid any traffic jam.
Meanwhile, similar congregations were organized in the shrine at Jenab Sahib Soura, Shahree Kalashpora, Kabamarg and other religious places.
Majority roads and business hubs were decorated on the occasion and people were being provided “ sharbat” and other sweets.
Similar congregations were also organised in Leh and Kargil besides Drass in Ladakh region despite below freezing temperature.
Non muslim were greeting their muslim breather on the occasion.