Hazrat Zain Ud Din Wali Shrine
Legend of Hazrat Zain-ud-Din Wali
On recovery, both of them went on a challenging journey from Kishtwar to Bumzua to meet Sheikh Nur-ud-Din. On reaching there, they embraced Islam and Zia Singh was christened as Zain-ud-Din Wali. Later, he attained spiritual perfection at Mandjan village of Sopore Tehsil and then came to this cave in Aishmuqam when he was advised so by his spiritual teacher. It is said that the entrance of this cave was full of snakes and reptiles but the moment; saint Zain-ud-Din kept his club received from his teacher, Sheikh Nur-ud-din, on the floor, those snakes just moved away from that place. Sheikh meditated in this cavern for decades and it became his eternal abode thus.
Annual Urs at Shrine of Hazrat Zain-ud-Din Wali
All these relics are highly respected by the devotees of this shrine which is very popular all over Kashmir. More than 20,000 people attend his annual urs here as a part of festival which is believed to be around 2000 years old. Thousands of devotees gathering at this shrine to celebrate his urs festival every year are people belonging to all faiths and gender without any discrimination.
How to reach Shrine of Hazrat Zain-ud-Din Wali
This shrine in Aishmuqam is easily accessible from Anantnag city through the road transport. It is located along the main Anantnag- Pahalgam Road. It is nearly 20 km away from Pahalgam in Lidder valley. Buses and taxis are easily available from both Anantnag and Pahalgam to visit this shrine.
From this road, there is a diversion towards right that takes straight to this shrine of Hazrat Zain-ud-Din Wali. It is just few hundred meters away from main road and this distance can be covered even by walking.