Srinagar, Mar 21: Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, was today celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the Kashmir Valley where a procession was taken out on the occasion. Lakhs of people joined the night-long prayers in different mosques, 'Khankas' and other holy places in the valley.
The biggest congregation was held at holy Hazratbal shrine on the bank of famed Dal Lake where more than two lakhs of people joined the special prayers. The devotees, who had come to the shrine from different parts of the state, and outside, had a glimpse of holy relic of Prophet Muhammad after morning prayers today. The devotees will be able to have a glimpse of the holy relic after every prayer today and tomorrow. The followers, however, complained about shortage of transport due to the strike by the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) employees, which began about a one month ago.
Reports of celebrations were also received from Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Baramulla, Badgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal. Thousands of devotees also thronged the holy shrines of Jenab Sahib Soura, Kalashpora, Pinjoora Shopian and Khiram.
For the first time, a live programme was organised on Milad on a local television channel in which 'Ulemas' from Sunni and Shia sects participated.
The Ulemas, including Moulvi Ghulam Rasool Hami and Moulvi Asgar, highlighted the importance of Milad.
Meanwhile, a Milad procession was today taken out under the banner of Islamic Students League (ISL) from Gaw Kadal near here.
The processionists, led by ISL chief Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, marched through different streets via old city and down town.
This is for the second consecutive year that Milad procession was taken out in the city after 1990. However, the Muharram procession remained banned in the civil lines for the last 17 years.