Charar-e-Sharif in Kashmir is the mausoleum of Shaikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani at Charar-e-Sharif.
Kashmir, with its immense beauty and piousness holds the whole world enthralled for its virgin mysticism.Which is to be explored by the world,where brotherhood and communal harmony stood ahead among many ways to attain God.The Man,a prophet re-incarnation; Hindu by birth and dharma led masses of his followers among Muslims and Pandits in a unique way.
This person laid the foundation of Rishism in the valley. His name includes variety of realisation and Ananda.Shaja Nand or popularly known as Nund Rishi.
Shaja Nand was born in 1377 at Khe-Jogipora.His childhood name was (Nand) he had told this himself. After attaining self-realisation people conferred him with different names which made popular among his followers and the common man. People used to come to him for blessings and favour. And some came for knowledge and guidance.The names which people lovingly and devoutly conferred upon him are : Shaikh-ul-Alam,Shaikh-noor-u-din-nurani, Alamdar-i-kashmir,Sarkhel-i-Rishiya,Nund Rish.He is used by these names.
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At the age 65, he left this world at RupVan in 1442.His body was buried at Charar-i-Sharif, were now new shrine is being built(as old one was burnt by terrorists led by former ISI dr.general Mast Gul, during militancy in valley). The king of Kashmir Badshah, also joined the funeral procession. The historian Jaon Raj says about him,"He was the greatest GURU of yavna's".
He was the first to start Rishism, which later on became popular as 'RishiMat'. This sect is completely Vaishnav Mat,he stressed on non-violence,to be vegeterian,and to be tolerant.The ancestors of Shaja Nand were Rajputs of KISHTIWAR, who had linage linking with the Kings of UJJAIN.
In valley there are many shrines and mosques built on his name at various places namely; Kaymoh, Chimyr, Hauchpur, Draygam and Roopvan which earned good fame.But Chrar-i-Sharif, remains the most popular and famous as his body is buried there.This shrine attracts people from all sect of life to seek his blessings and favour.