Srinagar/Jammu, Aug 9: Ashura, marking the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), and his faithful companions in the battle of Karbala 1383 years ago, was observed with reverence and religious fervour across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Tuesday.
Processions to mark the martyrdom were held amid tight security across and mild restrictions in Abi Guzar and some other parts of Srinagar.
Thousands of Shia mourners participated in the ‘Alam’ and ‘Zuljanah’ processions across J&K.
The traditional Ashura procession used to commence from Abi Guzar near Lal Chowk and pass through Basant Bagh, Habba Kadal, and Nalamar and culminate in the evening at Zadibal in old Srinagar before it was banned in 1990 on grounds that the mourning procession posed threat to law and order.
The procession was led by senior Shia leaders.
On the occasion, they threw light on the life and martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions.
In Srinagar, Police had set up kiosks on various routes where processions were taken out.
Officials said that instructions were passed to facilitate processions and to ensure no force was used.
Ashura processions were also taken out in Baarji Harwan, Bemina, Gund Khwaja Qasim, Mirgund, Hanjiveera, Balhama, Panear, Tral, Devsar Kulgam, Sofipora Pahalgam, Chattergul, Achabal, Dangerpora, Sonawari, and several other places.
In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Ashura processions were taken out from Gazi Manzil to Imambara Yousufabad, Magam, Iskinderpora Beerwah, and Sonpah.