- Address: Shah-e-Hamdan Ln, Srinagar 190012, India
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Shah-e-hamdan - Review
Also known as Khanqah masjid, this stunning mosque is worth visiting in the city of Srinagar. Built of wood, it may not seem like a very interesting place to see but the amazing architecture makes it one of the must-see places in the area. History say that this is one of the oldest mosque in Srinagar. The person behind the mosque Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani was one of the most influential travelers who came to Srinagar in 14th century. Simply built but intricately decorated, the dark wood building looks gorgeous with the lovely mountains as the backdrop and the picturesque Jhelum river flowing in front of it. The interiors are equally beautiful and the mosque has some beautiful British influences to its architecture. The place is calm and peaceful as not a lot of tourists visit it which comes as a surprise. If you want to see a unique place in Srinagar, do visit this one. However, entry to the mosque might be restricted only to the Muslims. Hence, make sure you seek permission of the authorities before entering inside this holy place.
- People should be dressed appropriately and women should have their heads covered while entering the mosque.
- Phone numbers are not available for most places in Kashmir. You can call the Jammu and Kashmir tourism hotline for any information.Number: 1-800-103-1060.
How To reach Shah-e-hamdan by Public Transport
- Mini Bus Stop
Restaurants Near Shah-e-hamdan
- Mehak Restaurant
- Mirch Masala Restaurant Food Palace
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Things to Know Before Visiting Shah-e-hamdan
91.35% of people who visit Srinagar include Shah-e-hamdan in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
37.5% of people start their Shah-e-hamdan visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Shah-e-hamdan
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Shah-e-hamdan
Shah-e-hamdan, Srinagar Reviews
Being a westerner I seem to be in the minority when it comes to writing a review here. However, the craftsmanship that went into building this Mosque is incredible. I walked around the place with a local chap who explained briefly the history of the place. I will not go into that because I'm sure you can find it all either here in the reviews or on the internet. All that said, you can feel that this is a serious place of worship. The garden area is marvelous and the prayer hall very impressive. I will not waffle on like I have a habit of doing, but I will say that if you are in the area and want to see a very old Mosque with a relevant history this place is one to see. All of the people I met there were really nice and friendly.
Shah i Hamdan R H mosque at khankah mohallah srinager.One may note that a Khanqah is actually a building designed as a meeting place for Sufi brotherhood. It may also be used as a spiritual retreat and serve as a rest house for Islamic students and Sufi travelers. It is an old monument and a place of worship for sufi muslims in J&K Khanqah of Shah Hamdan is located in the Zaina Kadal region of Old Srinagar on the right bank of River Jhelum. It was built by Shah Sikander in around 1400 A D as a memorial of the visit of Mir Sayed Ali Hamdani to Kashmir.The king and the heir apparent Qutub Uddin welcomed Mir Sayed Ali Hamdani warmly. At that time, Kashmir was facing hostility from Firoz Tughlaq. The matter was amicably solved at his intervention. He also started preaching Islam in the valley in a systematic manner and set up mosques at every nook and corner. He taught the people of Kashmir how to earn their living by making different articles from the available materials.The Khanqah has caught fire many times and has been destroyed. It was last rebuilt in 1732 by Abul Barkat Khan. However, few minor changes have been made since then.It is to be noted that Khanqah of Shah Hamdan is open only to Muslims. Non Muslims are not allowed to enter this mosque; but they can enjoy viewing it from outside.
Its is one of the few places in kashmir where Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamadani R.a. used to Worship. This place has a lot of history embedded in its walls. The architecture, woodwork, designes that are painted on the walls and ceiling are fined and detailed nothing you see today is a match to this artistry of the time. There is also a temple to the west of this mosque close to the banks of river Jehlum.
Hamadani spent his early years under the tutelage of Ala ud-Daula Simnani, a famous Kubrawi saint from Semnan, Iran. Despite his teacher's opposition to Ibn Arabi's explication of the wahdat al-wujud ("unity of existence"), Hamadani wrote Risala-i-Wujudiyya, a tract in defense of that doctrine, as well as two commentaries on Fusus al-Hikam, Ibn Arabi's work on Al-Insān al-Kāmil. Hamadani is credited with introducing the philosophy of Ibn-Arabi to South Asia.
It is a mosque named after Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani, a Persian sufi, a poet and a shafi Muslim scholar.He was born in hamadan and played a major role in spreading Islam in kashmir and has also influenced the culture of the Kashmir valley. He was commonly known as shahe hamdan meaning King of hamadan and Amir-e-kabir meaning the great commander . People visit the place to remember his contribution towards spreading Islam.