Lightning damages century-old shrine in Uri town



A century-old shrine was completely damaged due to lightning at Garkote area of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday night.

The century-old shrine of Baba Fareed (R.A) was gutted in a fire triggered after lightning struck it.

Century-old shrine of Baba Fareed (R.A) damaged in Uri town

Reports said that flash of fire was seen at the top of the shrine followed by the thunderbolt which resulted in damage to the shrine, adding that a major portion of the shrine was gutted in the fire. Following the incident, scores of people visited the shrine.

According to locals Baba Fareed has spent 40 years in Uri towns Garkote forest devoting himself to the worship of Allah.

The Shrine of Baba Farid is a 13th-century Sufi shrine located in Pakpattan, Pakistan also, that is dedicated to the Sufi mystic Fariduddin Ganjshakar, popularly known as Baba Farid. The shrine is one of the most important in Pakistan and was among the first Islamic holy sites in South Asia providing the region’s Muslims a local focus for devotion.The shrine is also revered by Sikhs, who include Baba Farid’s poetry into the Guru Granth Sahib – regarded by Sikhs to be the eternal Guru.

Today the shrine is considered to be the most significant in Punjab and attracts up to two million visitors to its annual Urs festival.

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