Pir Dastgir Sahib Shrine Destroyed by Fire

Waking up this morning to a series of  messages from Kashmiris, we were devastated to discover that the Pir Dastgir Sahib, perhaps the most stunning Sufi shrine in Srinagar, Kashmir, had been destroyed by fire. This is a tragic loss for Kashmiris, who are mourning the destruction of one of their most beloved religious sites. It also represents a heartbreaking loss of world architectural and cultural heritage. It is being reported that holy relics from the shrine have been saved.

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The Pir Dastgir Sahib was truly unique; we have never seen anything else like it. The impressive interior was decorated with colorful Kashmiri papier mache art. For this reason, we asked for permission to make a 360 panoramic view of the interior. We are unable to determine if there are any other 360 degree views of the site in existence. Kashmiris have sent us messages asking for more pictures of the shrine. Here is a gallery showing some additional shots of the beautiful building:

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3 responses to “Pir Dastgir Sahib Shrine Destroyed by Fire”

  1. avatar Tony says:

    Most comments on this post are being left in the comment section of the 360 view. Click here to read them.

  2. avatar Suhail says:

    Hi, I saw your stunning 360º view of this shrine. It becomes an extremely important piece of work today. Thanks for making it for us who loved this place. It will be a reference point for ages to come. A small correction here in your headline. Pir Dastgir Sahib is the saint’s name. So his shrine is destroyed and not the saint.

  3. avatar Tony says:

    Hi Suhail

    We just wish we had taken more pictures while we were there. We didn’t want to disturb the people in the shrine, so we kept our photos to a minimum. Now I wish I had photographed every inch of the stunning interior.

    We are aware of the issue with the name, but titled our post using Pir Dastgir Sahib because that is the name (and spelling) used in the Lonely Planet guide books. For this reason, most foreigners would associate this site with that label. Moreover, our blog is syndicated through LonelyPlanet.com, so we like to stick to their labels to keep content consistent. In fact, the Pir Dastgir Sahib shrine has so many names in common use that it has made writing about it quite a challenge.

    Why don’t I use “Pir Dastgir Sahib Shrine” in the title instead. I can’t change the link because it has already been syndicated. Thanks for taking the time to write us.

    * “Shrine” added to original title

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