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Kashmiri Muslims celebrate Mehraj-u-Alam

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Kashmiri Muslims pray at a wall at Hazratbal Shrine on June 18, 2012.

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A Kashmiri Muslim clerk displays a relic of the Prophet Mohammad to devotees during Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on June 18.

Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims thronged to the Hazratbal shrine on Monday to celebrate the Mehraj-u-Alam festival marking the ascension of the Prophet Mohammad to Heaven. The Hazratbal shrine houses a relic believed to contain hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Kashmiri Muslims pray as a head priest, not in picture, displays a holy relic believed to contain hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammed in the outskirts of Srinagar, India.

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A Kashmiri Muslim man prays as balls thrown by children aviate during Mehraj-u-Alam celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.