Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

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Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan information

Location
Srinagar , India
Address
Khawaja Bazaar area
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This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim meeting hall is one of Srinagar’s most beautiful, with both frontage and interiors covered in papier-mâché reliefs and elaborately coloured khatamband (faceted wood panelling). Non-Muslim visitors can peek through the door but may not enter. The building stands on the site of one of Kashmir’s first mosques, founded by Persian saint Mir Sayed Ali Hamadani who arrived in 1372, one of 700 refugees fleeing Timur’s conquest of Iran. He is said to have converted 37,000 people to Sufi Islam, and it’s likely that his retinue introduced Kashmiris to the Persian art of fine carpet-making. The saint is buried in what’s now Tajikistan.