The Guest House (Mihman Sara) of Imam Reza (A.S.)
Monday , 08/27/2012 - 22:04
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One wish of pilgrims that travel to Mashhad is eating a bit from the food of The Guest House (Mihman Sara) of Imam Reza (A.S.) with the intention of blessing and healing. According to the historical records, the history of establishing this place dates back to the early Safavid dynasty.
The Banquet Hall [Mihman Sara] of Imam Reza (A.S.) is now a four-storied building that contains two kitchens and the dinning hall sections. Located on the northern side of Sheikh Hurr-i-Ameli sanctuary, it is equipped with all the facilities necessary for cooking and serving guests.
Entering this building requires special invitation letter. These invitation letters are distributed across the hotels, inns and residential units for pilgrims, by three groups, each containing two persons (a representatives from the "Office for Granting Welfare Services to the Pilgrims", and a supervisor from the “Astan Quds Razavi's Inspectorate and Investigating Complaints Department”). The foreign pilgrims may also use the facilities of this banquet hall through “the Office for Non-Iranian Pilgrims' Affairs”.
The building of the banquet hall was expanded after the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1373 H.S.; with respect to the increasing population of pilgrims of the holy shrine, however, the plan of re-expanding this building was undertaken in 1382 H.S., and a build-up area wsa increased from 3,800 sqms to 10,000 sqms in 1389 H.S.
With inaugurating the new building of banquet hall (Mihman Sara), its capacity of 6000 people amounted to a capacity of 18000 people. Presently, this banquet hall receives a daily guest of 7-8000 of pilgrims, Khuddam, and the staff of Astan Quds Razavi.