On the western shores of the shimmering Dal Lake is a beautiful ivory-coloured building of marble and stone with the unmistakeable Islamic dome rising from it. This is one of the most well-known shrines in all of India and is undeniably the most significant of all the Islamic shrines in the Kashmir: Hazratbal Shrine, whose very name originates from the words for “sacred enclosure”.
Typically, a sacred enclosure would be a repository of something holy, and this is certainly the case for Hazratbal Shrine. It holds a very important relic indeed: the hair of Mohammed brought to the Kashmir by Syed Abdullah, a descendant of the prophet himself. It [Read more…]