Check Out These 9 Stunning Mosques In Srinagar And Soak In The Religious Spirit Of The City
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Srinagar has several mosques, each with its own unique history. Spread all over Srinagar, the architecture is reminiscent of a bygone era. These mosques are extremely peaceful and an emblem of religious piety. For culture enthusiasts, they are a treasure trove of knowledge. Here are some of the most stunning mosques in Srinagar.
1. Jamia Masjid
This 14th century mosque offers verdant beauty and tranquility. Located in Old Srinagar, it's one of the largest mosques in Kashmir and attracts a lot of people who come to offer their prayers. Carved wood ceiling and symmetrical archways give it a simple yet elegant look. Do check out the lively bazaar right outside the mosque.
Where | Nowhatta, Old City
Situated on the banks of Dal Lake, Hazratbal’s striking white dome and minarets are visible from afar. The mosque looks mesmerizing during winters with snowy peaks in the backdrop. The shrine holds a strand of Prophet Muhammad's hair (Moi-e-Muqaddas) which is stored as a relic and taken out for public display on special occasions.
Where | Near Dal Lake and Nishat Bagh
3. Shah-e-Hamdan Shrine
One of the oldest Muslim shrines in Kashmir, it's located on the banks of Jhelum River and is of great historical and religious significance; moreover, the beautiful setting allures several tourists. The walls are adorned with Kashmiri paintings and paper mache which is something quite unique. The intricate designs and carvings will leave you spellbound.
Where | Shah-e-Hamdan Lane, Baramullah-Srinagar Road
4. Rozabal Shrine
Tucked away in downtown Srinagar, Rozabal has an interesting history as it's the burial site of a sage, Yuzasaf, and a saint, Mir Sayyid Naseeruddin. However, many scholars believe that the shrine also houses the tomb of Jesus which is an ongoing debate and several documentaries have been made on this issue. Regardless of the chaotic dispute, the shrine exudes serenity.
Where | Khaniyar
5. Dastgeer Sahib Shrine
The shrine is almost 200 years old and located quite close to Rozabal. The old structure was heavily damaged by a fire in 2012 but it has now been restored and looks as resplendent as before. The meeting hall and mosque are spacious and peaceful. The lively market outside is completely different from the calm world of the shrine.
Where | Khaniyar
6. Pathar Masjid
Though it's not as famous as the neighbouring Shah-e-Hamdan mosque, the beautiful gardens surrounding the mosque make it a gorgeous place to visit. Built in the 17th century by Noor Jahan, its architecture is slightly different from those of other shrines since it isn’t made of wood. This hidden gem is definitely worth a visit for its antique beauty!
Where | Opposite Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque
7. Mosque of Akhund Mullah Shah
Though it’s literally in ruins, the mosque has an old world charm to it that is hard to resist. It was built by Dara Shikoh in the 17th century in remembrance of his teacher, Akhund Mullah Shah. The place might look kinda deserted but its solitude lends it a unique touch. It’s a great spot for photography as well.
Where | Near Makhdoom Sahib shrine
8. Naqshband Sahib
The main shrine/mosque is made of wood and the intricate carvings on the walls is awe-inspiring. Inside the shrine, you’ll be welcomed with vibrant paper mache work on the walls. The relic, Moi-e-Muqaddas was initially housed in this shrine before being sent to Hazratbal. A portion of the shrine was also converted into the Martyr’s Graveyard in 1931.
Where | Nowhatta
9. Makhdoom Sahib Shrine
Nestled atop Hari Parbat, this beautiful shrine offers a panoramic view of the city. It's an important site of pilgrimage in Srinagar and is thronged by several devotees and tourists. The Mughal architecture is spectacular and the mosque even leads to the Dal Lake through several stone stairs. From here you can even visit the Mughal Fort that's located on top of the hill.
Where | Hari Parbat
These beauteous sites definitely deserve a visit to soak in the religious spirit of Kashmir.