Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar

Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar

Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar | Photo credit: Basharat Alam Shah/flickr

Hazratbal Shrine Overview

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Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar is a famous mosque that holds high reverence amongst Muslims. According to local beliefs, it houses Moi-e-Muqqadas – the sacred hair of Prophet Muhammad's beard. Also known by different names like Assar-e-Sharief, Dargah Sharif and Madinat-us-Sani, this mosque is an epitome of love and devotion of Muslims for the Prophet. The construction of this shrine started in 1968, under the supervision of Muslim Auqaf Trust's Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. The construction of this white marble edifice with a domed structure was completed in the year 1979.

The mosque has a deep-rooted history that dates back to the 17th century. The place where the mosque stands today was originally the site of Ishrat Mahal and a garden, which were built in 1623 by Shah Jahan's subedar Sadiq Khan. Upon his arrival in 1634, Shah Jahan ordered to convert the palace into a place for offering prayers. When Moi-e-Muqqadas arrived in Kashmir in 1699, it was kept in the Naqashbad Sahib for some time, before becoming a part of the Hazratbal. Although this shrine is frequented by locals on Fridays for mass prayers, it experiences an influx of visitors on special occasions, when holy relics are displayed.

  • Opening Closing Time 09:30 am – 05:30 pm (Daily)

  • Movie Connect

    Hazratbal Shrine was featured in the 2010 Bollywood movie Lamhaa, which starred Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Kunal Kapoor and Anupam Kher.

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Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir