Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani shrine in Srinagar is central to Kashmir’s Islamic faith.
A midnight fire damaged the 14th Century shrine of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani in Srinagar’s old city on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses said the locals spotted the fire emanating from spire of the wooden shrine around 12:30 p.m. “The fire coincided with major lightening that occurred in the night,” said Tajamul Ahmad, who lives next to the shrine.
Hundreds of locals rushed to the streets to battle the flames. It took more than an hour by the fire tenders to douse the fire. The fire damaged the spire of the double-storey mosque, which is located on the banks of Jhelum river near Zaina Kadal.
A police official said the incident was being looked into “to ascertain the cause of fire.”
The shrine was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar as a mark of respect to commemorate saint Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani’s visit to Kashmir. Sufi saint Hamdani is believed to have led mass conversions in the Valley.
The shrine is central to Kashmir’s Islamic faith. Besides, the shrine showcases unique and extricate patterns of papier-mâché and woodwork.