Khanqah-e-Moula: One of the oldest Sufi shrines in Kashmir

Khanqah of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, a highly reverent Muslim scholar and Sufi poet is located on the banks of the river Jhelum in Srinagar. Popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdan, he was one of the first preachers of Islam in Kashmir valley. The past few years were tough for the shrine. It was gutted by fire in 2012, got damaged due to earthquake in 2015 and again got flooded in the same year.  Khanqah-e-Moula is interchangeably called shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan. Entry is free. Carrying change will be a good idea as you may be approached by the poor sitting outside the shrine.

Visited on 25th February 2014


 

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Read more

Another fire, another shrine, The Hindu

Earthquake damages oldest Sufi shrine in Srinagar, The Tribune

Flood alert in Kashmir as Jhelum crosses danger mark, The Hindu

Khanqah, Wikipedia

Shah-i-Hamadan, the “Apostle of Kashmir”, Kashmirsufi’s blog


 

This beautiful ad from Incredible India features this shrine (0:45)

Author: Sreejith Vijayakumar

Have a great liking for travelling and learning about different cultures and communities. Strongly believe that world is a wonderful place to live in.

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