Khanqahi Pir Dastgir and the Evolution of Rituals

Syed Damsaz Ali Andrabi


Khanqahi Pir Dastgir at Khanyar in Srinagar is the centre of Qadriya Sufis in the valley of Kashmir. Among the Sufi Silsilas they the last to enter into the valley. But within a short period of time they became too much popular as compared to others. People of all faiths got attracted towards Qadriya Sufi center to seek guidance and also acquired knowledge of different allied subjects. Encouraging efforts changed the educational system and position of women in valley. The simplicity of the communication and uncomplicated devotional practices attracted the different groups towards Qadriya rituals. Day today life shows close affinity with their rituals as a result of their influence over a long period of time. The allegiance of all the craftsmen to the popular traditional practices which are only identified with Qadriya Sufis. Both urban and rural people got attracted towards their distinctive rituals. Through these rituals peace and prosperity engulfed the valley. The deep rooted faith of people in the practices is the clear indication of their years influence on overall society.

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