A caparisoned elephant carrying the Alam moved ahead of the procession as the mourners beat their chests with knives
Hyderabad: The air was filled with chants of ‘Ya Hassan Ya Hussain’. The old city on Monday saw a massive turnout of Shias dressed in black clothes, mourning the grandsons of Prophet Mohammed who attained martyrdom in the battle of Karbala.
Tens of hundreds of Shias flagellated themselves drawing blood to symbolise the spirit of sacrifice on the tenth day of Muharram, ‘Youm-e-Ashoora’.
The event was marked by the large Bibi-ka-Alam procession in the old city. A caparisoned elephant carrying the Alam moved ahead of the procession as the mourners beat their chests with sharp-edged knives, while hundreds of men and women lined up along the procession route.
As the procession started around 1 p.m. from Bibi Ka Alawa in Dabeerpura, commoners and prominent personalities of the State capital offered ‘dhatti’ to the Alam. The prominent included Mayor B. Kartika Reddy, former Minister Mohd. Ali Shabbir, Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ahmedullah and Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao.
Residents stood on their terraces to see the procession even as thousands of people lined up throughout the route, including Charminar and its surrounding areas to watch the ‘Maatam’ being observed by those taking part in the procession. Security was also beefed up along the route and Rapid Action Force was stationed at various places in the old city.
As the mourners struck themselves with knives, youngsters sprinkled rose water.
An ambulance with a team of doctors moved along with the procession, treating the injured men.
The procession wended its way through Yakutpura Darwaza, Etebar Chowk, Alijah Kotla, Charminar, Gulzar Houz, Panjeshah, Darulshifa and Chaderghat.