Khanqah of Shah Hamadan -Srinagar


Also famous as Amir – I – Kabir, The Mahadan Mosque is one of the most important mosques in Kashmir. The erstwhile royal Sultan Qutab-id-Din commissioned the construction of this masjid in the year 1835. A fascinating fact about this masjid is that even a single screw or nail was not to be sued in its building. Fire had the best of it twice. Once in the year 1731 and before that in the year 1475. After its destruction in 1731, Abdul Bharat Khan renovated and almost rebuild the mosque in the following year. Crafted totally in wood, The Hamadani mosque owns its name to a sacred religious leader who had many locals turn to Islam in peace.He established a masjid in the nearing town of Ley and still is a major attraction. The Khangah is made totally by the wood and key characteristcics include wonderfully impressed attic and lynching chimes. The interiors are richly carved and painted, and the antique chandeliers give it an air of opulence.

Khanqah of Shah Hamadan, also known by the other names as Khanqah Mosque, Shah Hamadan Masjid, Khanqah-e-Moula and so on, is one of the oldest Muslim Shrines in Kashmir. It is ideally situated on right bank of the River Jhelum. This ancient mosque was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar in the memory of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani, better known as Shah Hamdan, a preacher from City of Hamdan in Persia. With aesthetically designed wooden structure, antique chandelier, carved hanging bells, the mosque fascinates tourists of all faiths to witness its rich legacy. On the day of death anniversary of Mir Syaed Ali Hamdani, devotees in large numbers visit the shrine to pay tribute to the saint.
Source: beautifulmosque.com

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