Restoration of Hazratbal Shrine begins in Kashmir
The restoration work of the historical Hazratbal Shrine in the winter capital is going on in full swing.india Updated: Dec 23, 2013 19:56 IST
The restoration work of the historical Hazratbal Shrine in the winter capital is going on in full swing.
The administrator of the shrine, Masood Ahmad, said: "The vice-chairman is planning to increase the capacity of the front portion so that over 10,000 people are able to offer prayers comfortably. Other beautification works of the shrine are going on in full swing, and God willing, the work will finish soon."
The renovation work of the shrine is under the supervision of the Muslim Waqf Board, and is fully funded by the state government.
Every year lakhs of devotees and tourists visit the shrine due to the historical and religious importance of the place.
A devotee, Nazir Ahmad, said he was happy that the government had decided to restore the shrine.
"The restoration work to beautify the shrine is going on. The artisans have come from Rajasthan to do the marble work; the marble has also been brought from Rajasthan. The government has given the restoration a lot of importance," said Ahmad.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, also the chairman of the Muslim Waqf Board, has expressed keenness on completing the restoration work in time for the benefit of the devotees and attracting tourists.