Shah E Hamdan, Srinagar is one of the most beautiful heritage buildings in Srinagar. We went to this place during our Photo Tour to Ladakh.
During his visit to Kashmir Mir Syed Ali Hamdani preached about Islam. It is believed that due to his efforts a majority of Buddhists and Hindus in Kashmir started accepting Islam. He was successful in converting 35000 people in Ladakh and Kashmir valley. During his third trip to Kashmir valley, Shah-e-Hamdan passed away in 1385 AC.
The Shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan or Khanqah e Moulla is situated at Kashmir on the banks of Jhelum River. Considered one of the oldest Muslim Shrines in Kashmir, it offers a peaceful ambience to tourists. The scenic beauty surrounding this shrine makes it even more beautiful.
Sultan Sikander reigned from 1389 to 1413 AD had constructed the shrine in memory of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.
Presently, the shrine has a square plan. It is supported on a rough walled base and follows the structure of other ancient temples. The roofs are in the form of pyramids. There double-arcaded verandahs that deserve a special mention. These verandahs run all around the building in the first tier. There is an arcaded balcony extending on all the four sides of the second tier.
This shrine has a wooden structure with a carved roof space that will surely marvel you. It has hanging bells inside along with ancient religious sermons and inscriptions from ancient times.
Best Time to Visit
Devotees flock to this shrine on 6th day of Dul-Haj. According to Islamic Lunar calendar, Dul-Haj is the last month when death anniversary of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani is celebrated. It is an auspicious time for tourists to visit Shah-e-Hamdan.
Tips for Photographers:
1. Its a holy place, dress appropriately.
2. Respect privacy of people.
3. Photography is not allowed inside the shrine, but you can shoot from the window outside.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
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