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Khanqah-e-Mola Overview

Ranked 15 of 18 sightseeing in Kashmir

Khanqah-e-Mola, located on the banks of the river Jhelum, is one of the oldest Muslim shrines in the state of Kashmir. The shrine was constructed in 1395 by Sultan Sikandar. The chief aesthetic feature of this famous shrine is its beautifully carved eaves and hanging bells.

It is dedicated to Muslim preacher, Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, who is known as Shah Hamadan. He came to Kashmir in 13th century from the city of Hamadan, located in Persia. It is believed that he was the one who was responsible for the spread of Islam in Kashmir. He stayed in the state for several years and then travelled to Central Asia through Ladakh.

This mosque was the first mosque to be constructed in Srinagar, which stands at the same spot where Shah Hamadan used to meditate and offer his prayers. In 1480, this shrine was ruined due to a devastating fire. However, later, the ruler Sultan Hassan Shah reconstructed and restored the shrine. In 1493 AD, this mosque was demolished and was reconstructed so as to build two-storeys. Later in 1731 AD, the mosque was destructed by fire, however, it was again renovated by Abul Barkat Khan.

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