Tens of thousands of Muslims offered prayers at Eidgahs or open grounds and mosques in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Attired in new clothes and wearing skull caps, men and children thronged Eidgahs and mosques for the namaz. In their sermons, the imams condemned Israel's attacks on innocent children and women in Gaza.

They offered special 'duas' (supplications) seeking Allah's blessings for the innocent victims. Many families preferred to celebrate Eid with simplicity as a show of solidarity with Palestinians. Handouts calling for boycott of Israeli products and companies were also distributed.

The biggest congregation was held at the historic Mir Alam Eidgah in Hyderabad. The historic Makkah Masjid, Military Grounds, Secunderabad Eidgah and Madannapet Eidgah also saw huge gatherings. Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan, was celebrated with equal fervour in nine other districts of Telangana.

Major congregations were seen in the towns of Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar.

Eid was also celebrated with gaiety in Andhra Pradesh. Muslims offered prayers in Kadapa, Kurnool, Anantapur, Nellore, Vijayawada, Guntur and other towns.

The imams urged Muslims to introspect and lead the lives in accordance with Koran and Sunnah, the holy life of Prophet Mohammed.

Police had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of Eid prayers by imposing traffic restrictions.

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