New Delhi

In Delhi, people thronged at the historic 17th century Jama Masjid and other Eidgahs to offer congregational prayers on Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan.

The Jama Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1656, was the centerpiece of celebrations in the national capital. Prayers were also offered at Fatehpuri Masjid and Hazrat Nizamuddin, as thousands of Muslims hugged and greeted each other with the traditional greeting of "Eid Mubarak".

Markets in the walled city, especially bakeries, eateries, apparel and accessories shops did brisk business as huge crowds turned up and shopped for gifts, clothes and food items.

Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements, including diverting traffic at various places, particularly near mosques.



Jammu and Kashmir

Muslims offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley as authorities placed separatist leaders under house arrest to ensure that law and order was maintained.

Large gatherings were seen at Eidgah and Hazratbal in Srinagar where people, wearing new clothes, greeted each other after the prayers. Children were at the forefront of the festivities.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered prayers at the Hazratbal shrine on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Elaborate security arrangements were made at the Hazratbal shrine ahead of Omar's arrival.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Shah were placed under house arrest. Geelani had announced that he would offer prayers at the Hazratbal shrine while Mirwaiz planned to offer prayers at the Eidgah grounds in the city.

However, immediately after the prayers, some youths indulged in stone pelting at the police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed to maintain law and order in Eidgah, Hyderpora and Sikidafar areas of Srinagar.

Andhra Pradesh

Wearing new clothes and skull caps, men and children offered prayers at hundreds of Eidgahs and mosques in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Kurnool, Guntur, Vijayawada, Kadapa and other towns.

The biggest congregation in the state capital was at the historic Miralam Eidgah, where over three lakh people bowed their heads in supplication, seeking the Almighty's forgiveness and blessings. Moulana Abdullah Quraishi Al-Azhari led the prayers.

The other major gatherings were seen at historic Mecca Masjid near Charminar, Eidgahs at Madannapet, Chilkalguda, Ujale Shah, Eidgah Bilali AC Guards and Saat Gumbad.

Muslims constitute about 10 percent of the 84.6 million population of Andhra Pradesh. They are about 40 percent of Hyderabad's seven million population.

Police had made elaborate security arrangements in the old city and other parts of Hyderabad. Traffic was diverted at several points around Eidgahs for smooth conduct of the prayers. Scenes of communal harmony were witnessed at Eidgahs with public representatives of various political parties, top police and civil officials reaching there to greet their Muslim brethren.

Uttar Pradesh

A heavy downpour on Friday morning brought cheer in some quarters but also concern, as water-logging and overflowing of drains were reported, making mobility cumbersome on the day of Eid-al-Fitr in this historical Uttar Pradesh city.

The city municipal corporation has deputed teams to pump out water before prayers. This year, Eid is special as it also falls on a Friday.  
Anticipating the rush of pilgrims, local police have made elaborate security and traffic arrangements. In Mathura too, the Dwarkadheesh temple will hold special "darshan" in gold and silver "hindolas" Friday evening.

West Bengal

Muslims across Kolkata gathered at the city's principal mosque, Nakhoda Masjid, since early morning to offer prayers and greet each other on Eid-al-Fitr Friday.

The sprawling Red Road in central Kolkata saw over 42,000 devotees sitting on rugs and offering namaaz or prayer. Mughlai cuisine, including varieties of biryanis, fresh fruits and home-made desserts were seen on every platter.

The festival is an all-inclusive affair in Kolkata with members of other religions also taking part. Fairs and cultural programmes were organized in different pockets of the city where children donning traditional attires were seen reveling in festive spirit.

Heavy security arrangements were made across the city and all districts of the state to prevent any breach of peace.

Odisha

Large congregations of Muslims were seen in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Balasore and Sambalpur towns with the devout packing into mosques, Eidgahs and open grounds to offer prayers.

Hindu families visited the houses of their Muslim friends, greeted them and joined in the special community feasts on the occasion.

Governor SC Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and state Congress chief Jayadeb Jena were among the prominent people to send greetings on the occasion.

Elaborate security arrangements were in place in Muslim-populated areas of the state to ensure peaceful celebrations. There has been no report of any untoward incident from anywhere, the state police control room in Cuttack said.

Only 2.07 percent of Odisha's population of 41 million is Muslims.

Punjab and Haryana

Intermittent showers failed to dampen the festive spirit as people celebrated Eid-al-Fitr in Chandigarh and parts of Punjab and Haryana on Friday.

Despite moderate to heavy rain at various places, people started flocking to mosques since morning.

In Punjab, state-level celebrations were organized in the Muslim-dominated area of Malerkotla in Sangrur district, 130 km from here.

Thousands of Muslims offered prayers at the main mosque in Malerkotla.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal joined in the celebrations and addressed a gathering despite the continuous rain.

Eid celebrations were also reported from Faridkot, Gurdaspur and other districts of Punjab.

In Chandigarh, people in large numbers reached the Sector 20 Jama Masjid and other mosques.

In Haryana, Eid festivities were reported from Panipat, Mewat, Ambala and other areas.

Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited several places to greet people on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr and prayed for the progress of the state.
    
At a prayer at the Gandhi Maidan here, the Chief Minister was given a skull cap which he wore and prayed for prosperity and growth and eradication of poverty in the state.
 
The Chairman of Minority Commission Naushad Ahmad also accompanied him during the visit.

Kumar also visited Khanhaq Mujiabiya at Phulsharif and greeted Pir Saheb Sajjadanarsi Hajrat Maulana Sayyed Shah Hayatullah Kadri on the occasion.
 
The chief minister also paid a visit to Emarat-E-Shariah and met Amir-E-Shariat Hajrat Maulana Nezamuddin and Secretary Maulana Anisurahman Kasmi.
 
Eid is being celebrated with grace and fervour across the state.

Maharashtra

 
Muslims in Maharashtra celebrated Eid-al-Fitr with great fervour and gaiety.
Lakhs of Muslims clad in traditional attire trooped out at dawn to the nearest mosque in places like Dahisar, Borivli, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Marol, Bandra, Sion, Byculla, Mazagaon, Ghatkopar and other areas of state capital Mumbai to offer the thanksgiving "khutba" or special Eid namaaz.

For the first time in over two decades, the main Eid-al-Fitr prayers could not be held at the historic Azad Maidan owing to rain, Syed Zafar, a senior citizen residing in Nagpada, south Mumbai, said.

Elsewhere in Maharashtra, traditional pomp and enthusiasm marked Eid-al-Fitr celebrations in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Pune Nashik, Aurangabad, Beed, Latur, Nanded and other districts in the state. The festival was celebrated with gusto in Muslim-dominated towns like Bhayander, Mira Road, Bhiwandi, Mumbra, Malegaon, Alibaug and others across the state.

Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Mohan Prakash, AICC general secretary Gurudas Kamat and AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam were among the prominent people sending out Eid-al-Fitr greetings.

Meanwhile, heavy security was deployed in all Muslim pockets in Mumbai and other parts of the state to ensure peaceful celebrations.

JPN/Agencies

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