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Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm in various parts of the country and abroad yesterday.

The festival is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son in the obedience to God's command. The faithful thronged Eidgahs and mosques this morning to offer Eid prayers. Later they exchanged Eid greetings. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on the occasion. 

In Delhi, main congregations were held at Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Mosque and Shahi Eidgah. Speaking on the occasion, the Imams, who led the prayers appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony and celebrate the festival in the spirit of brotherhood keeping in mind the sentiments of fellow countrymen.
    
In Bihar, people of both Hindu and Muslim community greeted each other as the festival this year coincided with the last Monday of the holy month of Shravan. 

Eid-ul-Zuha was celebrated with religious fervour and sacrifices in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra While, the members of the Muslim community from Sangli and Kolhapur decided to celebrate the festival of Eid without fanfare, and donated for the flood victims. The Police have maintained a strict vigil in all areas to ensure that the festival passes off peacefully. Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, several ministers and leaders have greeted Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha.

In Telangana, lakhs of devout offered special prayers, at the historic Eidgahs and Masjids in Hyderabad and other towns across the state. 

In Madhya Pradesh, lakhs of people offered namaz at Eidgah in Bhopal, Imambara and other major mosques of the various districts in the state. 

Eid-Ul-Azha was also celebrated across Bangladesh with millions of people congregating to offer prayer. In Dhaka, the main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah Maidan where President Md. Abdul Hamid and other dignitaries offered prayers on the occasion. Earlier in the day, Indian High Commissioner Riva Riva Ganguly Das exchanged Eid greetings with the President of Bangladesh at Bangabhaban. 



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