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URS-I-SHAH-I-HAMDAN begins in Kashmir: A brief look at the patron Sufi Saint

SRINAGAR Devotees have started pouring in by the thousands as the five-day long Annual Urs-i-Shah-i-Hamdan Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) starts today in the valley of saints and as per precedence will continue with full religious fervor till next Friday. The Devotees of the great saint will continue to throng …

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The ‘Big Fat’ Kashmiri Wedding: Social integration or lavish extravaganza

From expensive clothes and jewellery for the bride and the groom to an extravagant feast, the Wazwan, prepared in traditional Kashmiri style for the guests, Kashmiri weddings are a unique extravaganza that bring families and friends together. Although considered to be an occasion that strengthens the bonds of kinship between …

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BUDGAM (HNS®) Maha Shivaratri, a revered Hindu festival, has exceptional prominence among Kashmiri Pandits who celebrate the occasion with the greatest religious fervor and devotion. Locally known as Herath, this sacred festival has a special link to central Kashmir as it was here on the chilly night of Shivaratri, that …

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