Restoration Work Of Century Old Shrine In Full Swing In Kashmir

Restoration Work Of Century Old Shrine In Full Swing In Kashmir

31 March 2013
ANI


Srinagar: Reconstruction work of the 350-year-old shrine of Dastageer Sahib at Khanyar in Srinagar has been in full swing, keeping in mind the sentiments of locals. A devotee, Sajad Ahmad, praised the seriousness shown by the government in completing the construction work of the shrine. He further said, 'JKPCC (Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation) authorities and all engineers are working in full swing, they are working day and night, people are supporting in the completion of this project, so we have been given support from everybody here and that is why within the gap of 2-3 months, lot of work has been done otherwise it would have taken two years.' The old shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani, also known as the Dastgeer Sahib, which holds immense importance among Muslim devotees as well as other faiths across the country, is getting a face-lift as the renovation work is progress strictly as per its heritage characteristics. The state authorities decided to extend the area of the shrine in order to accommodate large numbers of devotees. The main purpose of this restoration is to maintain the heritage value of old shrines in the Kashmir Valley. The newly constructed walls of shrine and traditional walnut wood carving on the windows and doors have added to the elegance and grace of the edifice. Vice Chairman of Muslim Waqf Board Kashmir Mohammad Yaseen Qadiri said on Sunday that restoration of the revered Shrine is strictly based on its heritage characteristics, which is as per the digital documentation of the heritage structure of the 350-year-old Shrine. 'The Waqf Board immediately took no time in taking up that this is to be reconstructed and luckily, not for this Hazrat Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani but 22 of this places, we have complete documentation, it is digitize and all the details are available with intact, so we immediately got in touch about what was the original plan that they have and it was lucky to find that they have all the interiors like the minute details were available, so it was decided that the Waqf board will take its reconstruction in fact it was not that, it is to be rebuilt, reconstructed in the form that it was present there, so that all it heritage value including its structure, interior details would be replicated again, so that once you enter into the shrine, you wont find it different, it would be the same,' he said. The shrine has been a centre of attraction for thousands of people due to its historic importance. Every year, scores of pilgrims visit the shrine during the days of Urs (commemoration). The authorities would also try to provide basic civic amenities like toilets and better parking facilities, at every historical site for the convenience of the visitors.