Milad-un-Nabi celebrated across Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 16 (PTI) Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, thebirthday of Prophet Muhammad, was today celebrated acrossKashmir as thousands of people offered prayers at the holyHazratbal shrine here.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah flew in from Jammu, thewinter capital, to offer prayers and have a glimpse of theholy relic of Prophet Muhammad.

"(I) am now off to Dargah Hazratbal for prayers andDeedar (glimpse). So much to thank The Almighty for," Omarwrote on popular microblogging site Twitter soon afterarriving here.

Men, women and children thronged the Hazratbal shrineon the banks of Dal Lake throughout the day as the Holy relicis displayed five times, each after ever prayer.

While the government had illuminated most of thelandmarks in the city, private homes were also well lit anddecorated on the occasion of Prophet''s birthday.

The state government has made elaborate arrangementsfor the convenience of the devotees heading towards Hazratbalfrom all corners of the Valley. A large fleet of SRTC buseswere kept available to facilitate the movement of thedevotees.

The week-long celebrations have been marked by nightprayers in many mosques and shrines, with the people prayingfor forgiveness from the Almighty and peace in their homeland.

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