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Hazratbal Shrine – Of Awe and Respect

Hazratbal Shrine, Srinagar
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Literally meaning “majestic palace”, Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, Kashmir is one of the most respected and important Islamic shrines in India. The shrine takes its name from the Urdu word “Hazrat” meaning respected and the Kashmiri word “bal” meaning place. The name itself suggests the kind of respect and admiration that the people have for this hallowed shrine. Moreover, it is widely believed that the shrine houses the Moi-e-Muqqadas, that is, a hair of the Prophet Muhammad. Here’s a lowdown on the awe-inspiring history and architecture of the Hazratbal Shrine

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The History

Located by the banks of the picturesque Dal Lake, this shrine has a rich and interesting history. The Hazratbal Shrine dates back to the 17th century, when a subhedaar of Shah Jahan, Sadiq Khan, commissioned a garden on the bank of the Dal Lake and built a royal building by the name of Ishrat Mahal. It was later turned into a prayer house and today, attracts visitors not only for its religious importance but also for its beauty and grace. If you plan to visit Srinagar this summer, you can take advantage of Travelguru’s summer hotel sale and avail of flat 40% off on hotels in Srinagar.

The Architecture

The Hazratbal Shrine flaunts a Mughal and Kashmiri style of architecture, which makes this shrine truly gorgeous and captivating. Add to it the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, sometimes snow-capped, the shrine will leave the most articulate person speechless. Built completely of white marble, this shrine is also a major tourist attraction in Srinagar. Surrounded by lush greenery and an inviting ambience, the Hazratbal shrine is a must-visit if you are fascinated by Islamic culture, religion and architecture.

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