Markets across the country were all decked up where Muslim men and women were seen doing last minute shopping before the festival of sacrifice. Modi's greetings on Eid Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi extended greetings to people on Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with gaiety in Andhra JPN/Agencies
Eid-ul-Azha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted the people, saying it is an occasion to remind ourselves of the path of selfless sacrifice and forgiveness.
"May this festival spread peace and harmony and bring prosperity to all," Singh said in his message.
The Prime Minister said the festival is an occasion to reaffirm our faith in the unity of humanity and to be charitable towards the disadvantaged and the needy.
The President hoped that the festival will knit the people of India "in a celebration of our composite culture". "On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens and, in particular, to my Muslim brothers and sisters," Mukherjee said.
The spirit of sacrifice and service is the essence of the festival. It is an occasion to remind ourselves of the path of selfless sacrifice and forgiveness followed by Hazrat Ibrahim and to emulate the same, he said.
"We must derive inspiration from the observance of this day and strive to foster universal brotherhood. On the occasion, let us remind ourselves of the unity of mankind and resolve to strive for communal harmony and peace," Mukherjee said.
Ansari said the festival celebrates the treasured ideals of compassion, sharing and sacrifice. "Let us observe this joyous occasion by spreading the message of peace, harmony and goodwill in our midst," he said.
Celebrating the festival, Muslims will wear new cloths and sacrifice sheep or goat. The meat is then distributed to family members, neighbours and the poor.
"...May this festival strengthen the spirit of brotherhood and unity in our society," the Gujarat Chief Minister said in tweet.
The day began with Muslims, attired in their best, offering Eid prayers at Eidgahs or open grounds and mosques in Hyderabad and 22 other districts of the state.
The biggest congregation in Hyderabad was held at historic Mir Alam Eidgah where over 200,000 people offered prayers. The historic Mecca Masjid witnessed the second biggest congregation. Prayers were also held in hundreds of mosques in the city.
Eid was also celebrated in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad, Warangal, Vijayawada, Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur, Guntur and other towns of the state with people turning out in large numbers at Eidgahs and mosques to offer prayers.
During their speeches before the prayers, the imams also prayed for peace and prosperity in the country.
Muslims constitute about 10 percent of the state's 84.6 million population.
Muslims in Kerala celebrate Bakrid
Muslims in Kerala celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice, with hundreds of faithful thronging mosques and specially arranged Idgahs for the morning prayers in towns and villages across the state.
Giving out the Eid message, religious scholars exhorted the faithful to uphold the Islamic ideals of love, compassion and unflinching faith in the will of Almighty.
In the state capital, Eid namaz at the Payalam mosque in the heart of the city was led by Imam Jamaluddin Manakada. In many places, religious and cultural organizations organized relief and charity programmes for the poor and needy.
Women also turned up for Eid prayer in most towns held in open places under clear sky. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, Indian Union Muslim League leader Panakkad Syyid Hyderali Thangal and leaders of other political parties greeted people on the occasion.
Manipur Governor and CM greet people
Manipur Governor Ashwani Kumar and Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today greeted the people on the occasion.
The festival embodies the spirit of sacrifice overcoming one's ego and narrow self interest for larger good, Kumar said and urged people to work for amity, brotherhood, harmony and peace in the state.
The Chief Minister wished the festival would inspire all to sacrifice selfish interests in the larger interest of the state and unite in a spirit of common brotherhood for a more peaceful and prosperous Manipur.
Markets across the country were all decked up where Muslim men and women were seen doing last minute shopping before the festival of sacrifice.
Modi's greetings on Eid
Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi extended greetings to people on Eid-ul-Azha.
Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with gaiety in Andhra