Shah E Hamdan (R.H) Mosque
We began the city tour from Shah E Hamdan Mosque in Shamswari.On the bank of Jhelum, this shrine hidden amidst tall green chinar trees. First built in 1395AD, the shrine has been destroyed and rebuilt in the course of history multiple times and stands as a memorial for the advent of Islam in Kashmir.
This historical mosque is situated at Nowhatta area of the old city. It was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah Kashmiri Shahmiri in 1394 AD. The mosque has a magnificent courtyard and it stands on 370 deodar pillars. There is a certain peace and tranquillity inside it which one can experience irrespective of the hustle of the old bazaars around it.
To end our day we went to Hazratbal Shrine (dargah)- a holy place. It contained the hair of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Being a girl I was not allowed to go from the front gate and I had to go from the back gate. I entered from the back gate and a policeman told me that I should cover my head. I took out my handkerchief and covered it. That man started a conversation with me- he was a polite, humble person. When I told him I was a lawyer he felt as if he had met one of his relatives. He shook my hand so tightly I almost got a jerk and he happily bade goodbye to me saying "phir aana (come again)".