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Women offer prayers at the Qutub-e-Alam shrine on the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 12, 2016.Reuters
Eid al-Adha: How Bakrid is being celebrated across India Pictured: Women offer prayers at the Qutub-e-Alam shrine on the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, Sept. 12, 2016.Reuters

The festive mood of Eid al-Adha brought hundreds of people to mosques on Tuesday morning in India. From Kolkata to Uttar Pradesh, the mosques are full of people offering prayers on Bakrid.

Known as the festival of the sacrifice, it is the holier of the two Eids celebrated. An animal, usually a goat, is sacrificed in India. 

On Eid al-Adha, two rakats are said, following which a sermon is said. The day is celebrated after pilgrims who had gone to Hajj in Mecca descend from Mount Arafat. 

In Lucknow, Sunnis and Shias offered namaz together at the Imambara on Tuesday. Prayers were also offered at Jama Masjid in Delhi and Ahmedabad. In Kolkata, Bakrid prayers were offered at Red Road. 

Celebrations were, however, muted in Bangalore and the Kashmir valley as curfew was imposed in certain areas of both regions. Violence erupted in Karnataka on Monday following protests over the Cauvery issue. Jammu and Kashmir has been experiencing trouble for two months since militant commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces. 

 
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