[The shrine was built in memory of renowned Sufi saint Mir Syed Ali Hamdani in downtown area of Srinagar. ( Photo: Aman Farooq/Greater Kashmir)]
Srinagar: A nocturnal blaze damaged one of Kashmir's holiest Muslim shrines, the "Khanqah-e-Moula", in Downtown Srinagar.
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot soon after receiving news about the fire during the night and doused the flames before the blaze could cause any major damage to the shrine, said police.
The incident took place in the shrine, built in memory of renowned Sufi saint Mir Syed Ali Hamdani in downtown area of the city, around 1 am, the officials of Fire and Emergency Department said here.
Kashmiris reverently call Mir Syed Ali Hamadani "Amir-e-Kabeer" (Great Commander) and "Shah-e-Hamadan" (King of Hamadan).
He was born in Hamadan, Persia, in 1314 and breathed his last in 1384.
The fire was brought under control with the help of the locals, but by then it had damaged the spire of the shrine, the officials said, adding timely intervention saved the shrine from further damage.
The cause of the fire is being ascertained, the officials added.