Sufi saint Tulbul Shah remembered for bringing silk to Kashmir

A large number of devotees recently gathered to pay obeisance to Sufi saint Tulbul Shah at his shrine in Sopore. Tulbul Shah, who had arrived Kashmir during the era of Hazrat Bulbulshah via the Silk Route, brought Mulberry trees from Kashgar in China. He himself planted lakhs of Mulberry trees in the area. It was from here, that Kashmiri silk acquired fame and greater preference over Chinese silk. Farooq Renzu Shah, Chairman of the Kashmir Society International and others planted a few Mulberry trees near the shrine as tribute to the Sufi saint. Shah said that the saint also blessed Kashmir with the largest reservoir Lake Wulur to ensure the maximum preservation of waters from the River Jhelum. Thousands of Mulberry trees were destroyed due to negligence in the recent past. The Jammu and Kashmir government has plans to revive it by planting more mulberry trees as tribute to Tulbul Shah.