Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) was celebrated with great religious fervour while special prayers were offered in mosques and shrines on the occasion across Kashmir Valley.
Freezing temperatures and gloomy weather failed to dampen the celebrations as devotees flocked to offer special prayers in mosques and shrines across the Valley on Friday. The largest congregation was held at Hazratbal Dargah, where thousands devotees offered prayers and thronged the dargah to catch a glimpse of the Holy relic of Prophet Mohammad (SAW).
The devotees had a glimpse of the Holy relic after every prayer as the Dargah authorities arranged for display of the holy relic on this special occasion . The state government had made special arrangements including transportation, uninterrupted electricity supply at Hazratbal, besides availability of drinking water and mobile medical camps.
Reports of celebrations were also received from areas across the valley including Srinagar,Ganderbal, Kupwara, Pulwama and Ananthnag.
Devotees including children joined the Milad processions taken out almost in every nook and corner of the valley. While holding green flags and banners, people raised pro-Islam slogans apart from heart touching Naat Khani.
Procession at various places stopped for a while where along with Naat Khwani various clerics threw light on the life and teachings of beloved Prophet.
Ullema urged the people to follow the path of Prophet Mohammad (SAW). Religious scholars and Ulamas highlighted the teachings of the Prophet (SAW).
Scores of banners over which were enshrined verses of the Quran and Hadith were raised at various places and streets and roads across the valley had been decorated with colorful banners etc.
The authorities had made elaborate security, transport and other arrangements for the devotees. To allow free movement of vehicles from different parts of the valley to the holy shrine Hazratbal, traffic police department had allowed one-way traffic on some important routes. Similar functions were also held at other shrines and holy places besides mosques across the valley.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had visited the Hazratbal Shrine yesterday to take stock of the arrangements. Today the Chief Minister himself went to pay obeisance at the Hazratbal shrine during the Fajr prayers.
Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his cabinet colleagues, leaders of different political parties and separatists had greeted the people on the occasion. Lakhs of people joined night-long prayers in mosques, Khankhas, shrines and other religious places in the valley despite sub-zero temperature.