Annual urs of Sufi saint Sheikh-ul-Alam celebrated in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 26 (UNI) Thousands of devotees joined the night-long prayers at the holy shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Nooruddin Wali, also known as Alamdar-e-Kashmir and Nundreshi, at Charar-e-Sharief in the central Kashmir district of Badgam.

People in other parts of the valley also celebrated the urs with religious fervour and gaiety.

Thousands of devotees from all parts of Jammu and Kashmir arrived at the shrine since yesterday morning to offer prayers at the holy shrine, which hit headlines across the globe, after militants occupied the entire area for about two months in Nineties before security forces stormed the complex in which the holy shrine and adjacent Khankah were damaged.

However, authorities blamed militants for the damage.

Majority of the devotees also joined the night-long prayers in the shrine, praying for peace in the state.

The authorities had made special transport and other arrangements for the devotees.

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