STATE TIMES NEWS BHADARWAH: Thousands of devotees from across the state last night attended 341st annual Urs Sharief of Hazrat Shah Farid-ud-Din Bagdadi (RA) at Astaan-e-Baala, Kishtwar. The devotees, in large numbers, started gathering at the shrine since early morning to pay their obeisance. The urs of Shah Farid-Ud- Din is observed every year on 7th Har(bikrami calender), usually falling on June 20th or 21st. On the occasion, the caretakers of the shrine of sufi saint displayed the personal belongings of Shah Farid-Ud- Din Bagdadi including sword, clothes and stick used by Shah Sahib during his life. The annual Urs of Hazrat Shah Farid-ud-Din(RA) celebrations has attracted, thousands of devotees in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. District administration, in collaboration with the Auqaf Islamia Kishtwar, had made elaborate arrangement for the peaceful and hassle free observance of the annual Urs. The night witnessed special prayers and sermons by the religious scholars which were attended by a large number of devotees. The devotees offered prayers and sought the blessings at the Astaan-e-Baala shrine of revered Sufi Saint. On the occasion, large number of people across Chenab Valley participated in night long special prayers and sought blessings not only for themselves but for the nation as well. On this occasion, people installed small shops in historical Plate Ground of Kishtwar, where hundreds of people throng to buy Different Readymade, Toys, food items and special Halwa. The ground was giving look of Mela. Besides security, elaborate arrangements for provision of uninterrupted power supply, safe drinking water, sanitation, transport were made by the district administration for the annual Urs Sharief. Auqaf Islamia Kishtwar expressed their gratitude to Administration, Army and other departments, besides large number of people for their cooperation and participation in celebration of Urs. Prominent among those who participated in the annual Urs include Haji Mohd Fareed Shah, Bashir Ahmed Sheikh, Javéed Iqbal, Mohd Saleem Shah, Mansoor Mustafa, Mohd Aslam, Farooq Ahmed, Jamal Din Dar, Mohd Mudassir Saqbi, Qari Manzoor and others.
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