Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated on Wednesday with religious fervour and gaiety across Jammu.
People in large numbers, clad in colourful dresses were seen attending congregational prayers at Eidgahs, mosques and other places.
The main congregation in Jammu was held at Eidgah, Residency road where thousands of Muslims drawn from different parts of city and outskirts offered the Eid Namaz in the morning.
On the occasion, 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, elaborate security and other necessary arrangements were made by civil and police administration for smooth celebration of Eid festival.
However, there are reports that sweets were also exchanged between India and Pakistan on LoC in Chakkan-da-Bagh and Octroi Post in International Border in Suchetgarh.
Meanwhile Eid-ul-Fitr, culminating the holy month of Ramadan was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, his advisors, former chief ministers Dr Farooq Adullah, his son Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders greeted the people on the occasion. Director General of Police (DGP) and other police and security force officials also greeted the people.
Lakhs of people offered thanks giving Eid prayers across the Kashmir valley in Jamia masjids, mosques and other religious places. However, in majority areas Eid prayers would not be held at Eidgahs because of rain during the night.
The main Eid prayer congregations were held at Asaar-e-Sharief Hazratbal on the bank of Dal Lake, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad. Thousands of people from different parts of the valley participated in the special prayers. The authorities had made all arrangements, including security and transport for the devotees. Hundreds of vendors had also set up stalls, selling eatables and other items.
Special prayers were also held at historic Jamia masjid, where chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) highlights the teachings of Islam and importance of this day. Thousands of people joined the prayers, which passed off peacefully so far.
Similar congregations were held at Asaar-e-Sharief Shahryee Kailashpora, Jehab Sahib Soura, Shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Nooruddin Noori at Charar-e-Sharief, Hazrat Mehboob-ul-Aarfeen at Kohimaran hills, where the temple and a Gurdwara are also located in the down town Srinagar. Special prayers were also organised at Syed Sahib Sonawar.
Children in colourful dresses could be seen visiting different gardens, including Mughal garden on the bank of famed Dal Lake, and parks to celebrate the Eid. Special stalls had also been set up at different places for the attraction of children.
Reports of special prayers were also received from different parts of the valley.