A devout lady offers her prayers to the Alams that are displayed during the month of mourning, Muharram at the Bade Shahi Ashoorkhana.
The commemorations of Muharram and the Karbala battle reach a peak during the 9th and 10th days of Muharram. Alams that are shaped like a hand represent the protective hand (panjeh) and also signify five important figures in Shi’a cosmology. During the showing of alams it is customary to touch them (if you have bathed that day) for good luck and respect to the Karbala martyrs.
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