Millions of Muslims in Mumbai and others parts of Maharashtra
celebrated Eid-ul-Azha with joy and religious fervour Wednesday.
As people hunted for the best sacrificial goats, one that grabbed
instant attention was a four-feet tall giant, weighing 180 kg!
The huge goat, which weighed nearly four times a normal goat, drew
crowds at a market in Nagpur where it was up for sale since
Its owner Nadeem Khan said he had brought it from Chambal, Madhya
Pradesh and had been rearing it for over two years, feeding it the
best of food and milk.
"I used to spend over Rs.400 per day on its food and milk. Now, it
has grown into a handsome creature, a beloved of Allah. It has
been sold to a customer for around Rs.1.75 lakhs," he said.
The traditional Eid prayers were held in nearly 500 mosques all
over Mumbai Wednesday after which Muslims greeted their near and
dear ones and many sacrificed goats and sheep.
Thousands of people also rushed for a glimpse of a goat on whose
ears a natural inscription of the word 'Allah' was visible.
The white skinned goat was awaiting a buyer at the Deonar Abattoir
in northeast Mumbai. Allah, the way it is written in Arabic, can
be seen clearly on both its ears in black, which many consider a
The owner of the 90 kg goat said he was getting offers starting at
Rs.200,000 for it, but planned to sell it for around Rs.500,000!
Muslim men, women and children came out in all their finery in
major pockets like Colaba, Nagpada, Mazagaon, Byculla, Bandra,
Santacruz, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Malad, Dahisar, Deonar, Sion and
other parts to take part in Bakri-Eid celebrations.
Similar reports of peaceful and joyful Bakri-Eid celebrations have
come in from places like Pune, Malegaon, Mira Road, Bhiwandi,
Ratnagiri, Aurangabad, Jalgaon and other parts of the state.
In a unique gesture, Muslims of Pandharpur temple town in Solapur
district postponed their Bakri-Eid celebrations by two days as a
mark of respect to the Hindu festival of Kartiki Ekadashi, which
is also being celebrated Wednesday.