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Sirathani Ziyarat: A Symbol of Kashmiri cultural heritage

February 10, 2024 | BK NEWS SERVICE

Sirathani Bernate is believed to house the Sufi Saint Hazrat Baba Sakhi Datti, a devoted follower of Shahi Hamdan. Approximately 20 kilometers from Boniyar, accessing this sacred place involves passing through the charming villages of Batangi and Bernate, offering a picturesque trekking experience.To reach Sirathani Bernate Boniyar, covering a distance of about 3.5 kilometers on foot or by horse is recommended. The footpath winds through enchanting pine forests, providing a serene and rejuvenating experience. The vast expanse surrounding Sirathani Bernate reveals a breathtaking panorama, offering a vantage point to appreciate the majestic Kazinag and Gulmarg mountains.

Sufism is a mystical and inward dimension of Islam. Kashmiri Sufism, characterized by its syncretic blend of indigenous traditions, emphasizes a direct personal experience of the Divine. The Sufi saints, known as Pirs, played a pivotal role in spreading the teachings of love, tolerance, and spiritual enlightenment in the region.The Pirs, often revered for their ascetic lifestyles and deep spiritual insights, attracted a diverse following that transcended
religious boundaries. Their teachings emphasised the universality of divine love, fostering a sense of unity and harmony among the people of Kashmir.
At the heart of Kashmiri Sufism is the Pir Baba culture, which encapsulates the veneration of these spiritual guides. Pirs are believed to possess a spiritual lineage and their tombs serve as sacred spaces where devotees seek blessings, solace, and guidance. Pilgrimages to the shrines of Pirs are an integral part of the Kashmiri cultural landscape. Devotees from various backgrounds come together to participate in rituals, prayers, and celebrations that honor the teachings of the revered Pirs. The atmosphere is infused with a sense of spirituality, as the rhythmic beats of traditional Sufi music and qawwalis echo through the air.
Pir Baba shrines are not only places of worship but also serve as centers for social and cultural activities. These gatherings provide a platform for fostering communal harmony, as people from different faiths come together to celebrate shared values of love and compassion. Pilgrimages to Sirathani Bernate are particularly vibrant on Thursday nights, with Saturdays witnessing an influx of visitors eager to explore the wonders of the locale Exploring this site on a private level not only supports local businesses but also sustains the livelihoods of horse owners and vendors offering local delicacies, such as Makki Roti and Kashmiri Tea (Noon Chai), following the successful model in Doodhpathri, Gulmarg. On 30 Jan 2024, Torna Battalion, operating under the aeges of Pir Panjal Brigade, Dagger Division celebrated the inauguration of a new community shed at Sirathani Ziyarat in Bernate. The Shed was constructed by Indian Army with crucial support from the State Bank of India in the construction process. This initiative highlights the armed forces' commitment to uplifting the local communities providing them with avenues of growth.
The multifunctional space can accommodate various activities, contributing to the well-being of the community.

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Sirathani Ziyarat: A Symbol of Kashmiri cultural heritage

February 10, 2024 | BK NEWS SERVICE

Sirathani Bernate is believed to house the Sufi Saint Hazrat Baba Sakhi Datti, a devoted follower of Shahi Hamdan. Approximately 20 kilometers from Boniyar, accessing this sacred place involves passing through the charming villages of Batangi and Bernate, offering a picturesque trekking experience.To reach Sirathani Bernate Boniyar, covering a distance of about 3.5 kilometers on foot or by horse is recommended. The footpath winds through enchanting pine forests, providing a serene and rejuvenating experience. The vast expanse surrounding Sirathani Bernate reveals a breathtaking panorama, offering a vantage point to appreciate the majestic Kazinag and Gulmarg mountains.

Sufism is a mystical and inward dimension of Islam. Kashmiri Sufism, characterized by its syncretic blend of indigenous traditions, emphasizes a direct personal experience of the Divine. The Sufi saints, known as Pirs, played a pivotal role in spreading the teachings of love, tolerance, and spiritual enlightenment in the region.The Pirs, often revered for their ascetic lifestyles and deep spiritual insights, attracted a diverse following that transcended
religious boundaries. Their teachings emphasised the universality of divine love, fostering a sense of unity and harmony among the people of Kashmir.
At the heart of Kashmiri Sufism is the Pir Baba culture, which encapsulates the veneration of these spiritual guides. Pirs are believed to possess a spiritual lineage and their tombs serve as sacred spaces where devotees seek blessings, solace, and guidance. Pilgrimages to the shrines of Pirs are an integral part of the Kashmiri cultural landscape. Devotees from various backgrounds come together to participate in rituals, prayers, and celebrations that honor the teachings of the revered Pirs. The atmosphere is infused with a sense of spirituality, as the rhythmic beats of traditional Sufi music and qawwalis echo through the air.
Pir Baba shrines are not only places of worship but also serve as centers for social and cultural activities. These gatherings provide a platform for fostering communal harmony, as people from different faiths come together to celebrate shared values of love and compassion. Pilgrimages to Sirathani Bernate are particularly vibrant on Thursday nights, with Saturdays witnessing an influx of visitors eager to explore the wonders of the locale Exploring this site on a private level not only supports local businesses but also sustains the livelihoods of horse owners and vendors offering local delicacies, such as Makki Roti and Kashmiri Tea (Noon Chai), following the successful model in Doodhpathri, Gulmarg. On 30 Jan 2024, Torna Battalion, operating under the aeges of Pir Panjal Brigade, Dagger Division celebrated the inauguration of a new community shed at Sirathani Ziyarat in Bernate. The Shed was constructed by Indian Army with crucial support from the State Bank of India in the construction process. This initiative highlights the armed forces' commitment to uplifting the local communities providing them with avenues of growth.
The multifunctional space can accommodate various activities, contributing to the well-being of the community.


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