Built In 1979, Srinagar’s Hazratbal Shrine Near The Dal Lake Holds High Significance Among Muslims

Hazratbal Shrine, located near Dal Lake in Srinagar, is deeply rooted in history.

by Ankita Mazumdar
Built In 1979, Srinagar’s Hazratbal Shrine Near The Dal Lake Holds High Significance Among Muslims

On March 7th, 2024 our Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the magnificent Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar after this holy shrine got a facelift. This was under the projects of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) scheme. This mosque is a popular Muslim pilgrimage site and this development project is to boost tourism in this region. Did you know why this stunning mosque in Srinagar holds tremendous importance among the Islamic community? Let us discover it.

Srinagar’s Hazratbal Shrine Is Near The Banks Of Popular Dal Lake

The Hazratbal Shrine was built in 1979 just on the banks of pristine Dal Lake in Srinagar. The entire shrine is made of white marble and has intricate carvings. The calligraphy on the marble talks about the names of gods, the Prophet and other major Islamic figures.

This shrine in Srinagar is also known by multiple names such as Assar-e-Sharief, Dargah Sharif and Madinat-us-Sani. This mosque exudes the love and devotion of the Muslims towards Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. 

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The views and vibes are immaculate, especially during the winter season. Imagine walking up to this beautiful mosque while it is snowing! The mosque is white and so is the snow and the majestic snow-capped mountains behind the glistening Dal Lake, oh so pretty!

The Significance Of This Shrine Among Islamic Community

  • Hazratbal Shrine has such high reverence among the followers of Islam because it is related to the Prophet Muhammad.
  • The sacred hair of the Prophet’s beard, known as ‘Moi-e-Muqqadas’ is preserved at this mosque in Srinagar. 
  • The term ‘Hazratbal’ translates to holy which is hazrat and place which is bal in the Kashmiri language. Hence, it means a holy place. But if we look at it from the Hindi translation, bal means hair and this shrine houses Prophet’s Moi-e-Muqqadas.

  • The holy relic of the Prophet is displayed in a silver and glass container that is attached to a green coloured tapestry and some ornaments at this holy shrine.
  • Back in 1700, this relic was transported to Srinagar and Inayat Begum became the holder. 
  • Inayat was the daughter of a Kashmiri businessman, Khwaja Nur-ud-Din-Eshai, who owned it before Emperor Aurangzeb seized it from him. Under the protection of Inayat Begum, this relic has been in his shrine.

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Next time, when you visit Srinagar and plan to go on a boating session near Dal Lake, do not skip the holy Hazratbal Shrine.

Where: Dargah Hazratbal Mosque, University Main Road, Hazaratbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Cover Image Credits: Canva

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