Photo by: Basit Zargar

The annual Urs of the 11th century Sufi saint, Shaikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA), known as Peer Dastageer Sahib by devotees, was observed with religious fervor on Tuesday.

Reports said that ‘Shab Khwani’ (nightlong prayers) were held from the last evening and there was no let up in the rush of devotees throughout the day on Tuesday at Khanyar and Sarai Bala shrines here.

While devotees remained engrossed in prayers and supplications, emotional scenes of people praying with tears in their eyes were witnessed when the holy relic of revered saint was displayed.

Devotees usually pay obeisance at the shrine for 11 days till the main Urs day. Besides Sarai Bala, the main Urs was held at the Dastageer Sahib Shrine located at Khanyar in old Srinagar city, which was damaged in fire in 2012.