The Khanqah-i-Maulla also known as Shah-i-Hamdan is a shrine located in the old city of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. The khanqah was built in 14th century (r. 1733AD) during Sultan Sikander’s reign on the site of sufa (raised floor) constructed by Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, son of the governor of Hamdan, a province in Iran, who was responsible for introducing kaburwi Sufi order in Kashmir. The khanqah lies on the right bank of river Jhelum and is one of the best examples of traditional monumental wooden architecture entirely constructed of solid wooden blocks used as headers and stretchers with brick infill. It consists of two storied building square in plan standing on a well-dressed stone foundation This shrine holds a high significance towards the history of the Srinagar city as its construction marked the beginning of a new religious belief and even today, almost after six centuries of the construction of this hospice, it is visited by a huge number of local as well as national and international tourists and caters to many large religious gatherings. The overall experience of the visit was great, as the building in itself is awe-inspiring, and being a religious monument, one can feel the divine aura associated to it.
By Hakim Ali Reza