Hazratbal Shrine

Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the Prophet Muhammad's beard, at Kashmir's main Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar early June 7, 2013, during celebrations for Miraj-Ul-Alam (Ascension to Heaven). Thousands of Muslims converge annually for celebrations at the shrine near the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the Prophet Mohammed’s beard, at Kashmir’s main Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Friday, during celebrations for Miraj-Ul-Alam (Ascension to Heaven). Thousands of Muslims converge annually for celebrations at the shrine near the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiri Muslims react as an unseen priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam  at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on May 3, 2013. Hundrends of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

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Kashmiri Muslims react as a priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Friday. Hundreds of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

A Kashmiri Muslim looks on as an unseen priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam  at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on May 3, 2013. Hundrends of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

A Kashmiri Muslim looks on as an unseen priest at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq’s death. Read more