Exchange of greetings and ‘qurbani’ part of the festive fervour
Bakrid (Eid-Ul-Azha) was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in various parts of Karimnagar on Saturday.
Muslims offered special prayers at the Idgah on the outskirts of Karimnagar town. Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu, Government Whip Arepalli Mohan, legislator Gangula Kamalakar, Collector Smita Sabharwal greeted Muslims on the occasion.
Muslims celebrated Bakrid with pomp and fervour and offered prayers at Idgahs and mosques across the district on Saturday. Tens and hundreds of Muslims, old and young alike, offered namaz on the main Idgah near Indur khilla.
Later they did “qurbani” and distributed meat to friends and the poor. A number of leaders of various political outfits and other people’s organisations personally met them and exchanged festival greetings. Minister P. Sudarshan Reddy, the Collector and the SP greeted people on the occasion.
Muslims in large numbers offered special Id prayers at Nalgonda Idgah Maidan to mark Bakrid. The prayers, which began at around 9.30 a.m., continued for over an hour. The town wore a festive look.
The police made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that prayers pass off peacefully. Muslims and Hindus were seen exchanging greetings in the town.
Joint Collector Hari Jawaharlal, Additional Superintendent of Police Siddaiah, Nalgonda MP G. Sukender Reddy and local MLA K. Venkat Reddy, besides revenue and municipal officials, were among those who greeted the participants in the prayers. The district leaders of CPI (M) and TDP, besides the town activists, were present.
Hundreds and thousands of Muslims thronged the mosques and Idgahs to offer special prayers on the eve of Bakrid here on Saturday.
The places of worship were spruced and lit up for the occasion. Muslims were seen in their traditional attire of kurta pyjama and caps, moving all over the town wishing each other as is customary.
Backward Classes Minister Baswaraju Saraiah and other politicians joined the Muslim brethren in offering prayers at several Idgahs in Warangal and exchanged pleasantries.
Government Chief Whip Mr. G.V. Ramana Reddy, IT services Minister Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the district officials – Collector Mr. Rahul Bojja, Superintendents of Police, S. Syam Sunder (Urban) and Mr. Rajesh Kumar greeted the Muslims and exhorted them to perpetuate the spirit and ideals of the festival.
Mass congregations were witnessed at the huge Idgah Maidan near MGM hospital and at other small places earmarked for the occasion.
Thousands of devout Muslims thronged Idgahs and mosques across Adilabad to offer prayers in connection with Bakrid celebrations on Saturday. An atmosphere of gaiety and piety reigned during the day as the devout embraced each other to exchange greetings.