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Srinagar: Despite heavy rains lashing all through the week, a large number of devotees on Friday visited the Hazratbal shrine to offer afternoon prayers and catch a glimpse of the Holy relic of Prophet Mohammed SAW. Earlier this month, the Shrine Management at Hazratbal decided to not hold the night long prayers at Dargah in wake of the pandemic. The decision had left many devotees disappointed, however, arrangements were made at the Dargah for  displaying…

While lighting an incense stick with the flame of a melting candle, Zarnaq, a ten year old girl at Hazratbal told me how she misses Durood the most this year. As per the instructions from the authorities, the gatherings on the night of Meraj were prohibited this year, and hence the gates of many mosques were locked up soon after the Isha prayers. “This is the first time in my lifetime that I am seeing…