Muslims in Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday celebrated Eid ul-Fitr with religious fervour at the end of Ramzan, the 30-day period of fasting.
Since it rained in Kerala’s northern districts on Wednesday morning, devout Muslims at many places had to remain indoors for the morning prayers. In this capital city the morning prayers were held at a stadium.
The biggest crowds were witnessed in the Muslim dominated areas like Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur. Crowds could also be seen during the morning hours in the cities like Kochi and the state capital.
There were separate enclosures for women and children at all the prayer centres.
Superstar Mammootty turned up at a mosque in Kochi along with his actor son Dulqar Salman and sat among the people to say his prayers.
Mutton and beef stalls was crowded at most of the places as people were seen queuing up to get their requirements for the day.
The price of mutton has touched Rs 650 per kg while beef was priced at Rs 300 since Tuesday evening.
The state government has declared a two-day holiday for all educational institutions and for government offices on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.
Muslims comprise 88.73 lakh (41.76 lakh males, 46.97 lakh females) of Kerala’s 3.34 crore (1.60 crore males, 1.73 crore females) population.
Thousands of Muslims across Jammu and Kashmir offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers.
There were large Eid prayer congregations at Eidgah, Hazratbal, Polo Ground and other places in the summer capital Srinagar.
Similar assemblies were seen in Baramulla, Sopore, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Shopian towns in the Kashmir Valley.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah joined the devotees for the Eid prayers at Hazratbal Shrine on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar.
The biggest gathering in Jammu was at the Eidgah ground in Residency Road area where a good number of Hindus greeted the Muslims after the prayers.
Reports of large Eid congregations have also come in from Rajouri, Poonch and Doda towns of Jammu region.
While Eid prayers passed off peacefully in the Jammu region, clashes between police and stone-pelting youths occurred in the south Kashmir town of Anantnag and at Eidgah and Hyderpora areas of Srinagar.
As a precaution, authorities on Wednesday placed separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest in Srinagar.
Geelani had called for peaceful protests after the Eid prayers.