Jammu, Sep 2: Eid-ul-Azha was today celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety across Jammu.
Hundreds and thousands of people flocked to Eidgah, Residency Road to offer Eid prayers,
On the occasion, MLA East Rajesh Gupta, Divisional Commissioner, Dr M K Bhandari, Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Dr S D Singh Jamwal, Deputy Commissioner, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, ADC Dr Arun Manhas, besides other senior functionaries of police and civil administration were also present and exchanged Eid greetings with Muslim brethren and prayed for peace and tranquillity in the State.
A spirit of festivity marked the celebrations, people exchanged greetings and large gatherings were seen at mosques which were decorated magnificently and the markets were abuzz with activity.
Meanwhile, the administration had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth celebration of the festival
The festival was also celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the district Ramban today. All the Mosques were decorated and markets witnessed rush of people.
The biggest congregations took place at Jamia Masjid Sharif Ramban and Eid Gah Banihal where large number of devotes performed Nimaz-e-Eid and prayed for peace, development and prosperity of people.
The people exchanged wishes besides embracing one another. All elaborate security and other necessary arrangements were made by police and district and police for smooth celebration of Eid festival.
Various officers form administration were also present on the occasion. Eid Namaz was offered at other mosques of town and its outskirts including, mosques of Chandrog, Maitra and Upper Ramban.
The Deputy Commissioner, Ramban Tariq Hussain Ganai and SSP Ramban Mohan Lal, ADC Angrez Singh, ASP Mushtaq Ahmed, Tehsildar Parmod Kumar, Dy. SP Traffic Madhan Mohan along with officers of district administration extended greetings to the Muslim brethren.
Deputy Commissioner greeted the people of Ramban and said that such occasions would promote unity, communal harmony and brotherhood among people.
At Gool, Sangaldan, Batote, Ramsoo, Chanderkote and Rajgarh the festival was also celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety.
Eid-ul-Azha was also celebrated across the State with religious fervour and gaiety.
People in large numbers, clad in colourful dresses, were seen attending congregational prayers at Eid Gahs, mosques and other places where speakers threw light on the philosophy of celebrating the Eid.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, joined hundreds of people to offer her Eid prayers at Ziyarat Hazrat Syed Sahib, Sonwar.
The Chief Minister prayed for peace, prosperity and wellbeing of the people of the State on the occasion.
After offering nimaz, Mehbooba Mufti interacted with the people and extended Eid greetings to them.
Thousands of animals were today sacrificed in the Kashmir valley, where Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to the holy Mecca and remembering the sacrifice of Hazrat Abraham.
Lakhs of people, including women and children in colourful dresses, offered prayers in different Eidgahs, Khankhas, Jamia masjids, mosques and open fields in the Kashmir valley.
The main congregation was held at Hazratbal, which houses the holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad, and Eidgah in the downtown, where lakhs of people participated in the Eid prayers.
However, clashes erupted immediately after the prayers at Eidgah, where security forces had to burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators. Reports of offering Eid prayers were also received from other parts of the valley and Ladakh region.
Immediately after the prayers, people slaughtered animals across the Kashmir valley. Members of other communities were seen greeting their Muslim brethren on the occasion.