Lord Ganesha's Idol
At over 150 million, India is home to the world's second largest Muslim population after Indonesia. They are also the country's largest religious minority.From the Kashmir Valley to Hyderabad in the south and from Gujarat to Assam in the far-east, Muslims poured into small and huge mosques in urban and rural areas for the morning Eid namaz.
Two of the biggest congregations in the capital took place at the mammoth Jama Masjid and Fatehpuri mosques, both built in the 17th century near Old Delhi's famed Chandni Chowk.
Even before Eid prayers began, Hindus armed with flowers and coconuts began visiting temples to offer prayers to the elephant-headed Lord Ganesh to mark Ganesh Chaturthi. While the event was marked with the most exuberance in Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra, the celebrations took place all across the country -- in homes as well as in temples.
Ganesha Chaturthi (गणेश चतुर्थी) , also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States and Fiji.
Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a three-day Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "conclusion of the fast"; and so the holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
Mumbai : Despite a terror threat looming over the city, millions of Mumbaikars were immersed in triple celebrations Saturday -- Ganeshotsav, Eid and Jain community’s Samvasari.
While Hindus turned up in huge numbers at thousands of big and small marquees for the inaugural ‘aarti’ of the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, Muslims converged in the 200-plus mosques around the city to offer Eid ‘namaaz’.The Shwetambar Jain sect also celebrated the end of the rigorous eight-day fasting period of ‘paryushan’ and wished each other in scores of Jain temples dotting the city.
The intermittent rains lashing large parts of the city and suburbs failed to dampen the festive spirits and millions of Mumbaikars were out on the roads since early morning to celebrate the three festivals.In view of the three big festivals, Mumbai Police have deployed over 86,000 personnel, besides other paramilitary forces, bomb disposal squads, dog squads, metal detectors, road blocks at strategic locations.
In Tamil Nadu, Vinayaka Chathurthi is being celebrated across the state with religious fervour. Special poojas have been organised in Ganesh temples with people offering prayers to Lord Ganesha, believed to be the provider of knowledge and remover of obstacles. Large Ganesh idols tastefully decorated with garlands and colourful umberllas have been installed in many places throuought the state.