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Naqshband Sahib

Naqshband Sahib is a holy Muslim place of worship and solace situated in Jammu & Kashmir. Named after Khwaja Syed Bha-u-Deen Naqshband, it invites people from all religions and is open all round the year. This shrine is also known as ziyarat or ‘the pious visit’.

Highly regarded by followers of Muslim, this shrine is a mausoleum and it was the last resting place of Hazrat Khwaja Naqshband Sahib’s descendant. Naqshband Sahib also embraces a graveyard, which was originally a part of the shrine compound. The nearest local bazaar or market is also named after Naqshband Sahib as Khwaja Bazzar. This shrine resides in Nowhatta on the road that links to Jamia Masjid and Dastgir Sahib.

Historic Factor

Dedicated to the name of Khawaja Syed Bha-u-Deen Naqsaband, this shrine was built in 17th century by Great Emperor Shah Jahan. Despite naming it on the name of this well known Bukhara mystic, he virtually could never visit it and his followers made a khankah in his name. In this khankah is the corpse of one of his descendants buried under in a vault. Urs or prayers are observed on the 3rd day of Hijri month.

The place also holds religious significance as the sacred hair of Prophet Mohammed was kept here before shifting it to Hazratbal Mosque.

Architecture and Legacy

Naqshband Shrine is unique in its style and architecture. This shrine has been made mainly by wooden panels and beams. However, they are finely carved in pinjra-kari style of art work. The inside of this shrine is an astounding view of intricate hand painted papier-mâché work. There are window style arcs on the walls that are equally decorated with bold colours and golden outlines. The ceiling is painted in gold known as Khatamband work with the floors covered with wall-to-wall carpets. In centre comprises a main shrine that is again covered with cloth with pillars at the four corners where people offer their prayers.

This is a typical shrine with alternate layers of wood and brick. This structure helps to reduce impact to sustains against natural disasters such as earthquakes. The shrine has a pagoda style architecture with conical ceilings and peak finishing at the top.

How to Reach

Naqshband Shrine is located in Srinagar city. The closest railhead to Srinagar is Jammu which lies at a distance of 290 km. Jammu is connected to almost all important stations in the country by a number of fast direct and connecting trains.

Srinagar has a domestic airport which is connected to most of the major cities in India. There are weekly flights to cities and can get cancelled due to bad weather conditions as well. For international travellers, flights are connected via Delhi or Mumbai.

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