New Delhi: Eid-ul-Azha or the festival of sacrifice was celebrated across the nation on Monday as Muslims offered special prayers in Eidgahs and mosques and sacrificed animals.
It is also known as Eid-ul-Zuha and Bakr Eid and is one of the important festivals in the Muslim calendar.
Eid-ul-Azha commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah.
The sacrifice of animals such as sheep, goat or camel is done after prayers and the meat is distributed among family members, neighbours and the poor.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday greeted the nation on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha and urged people to imbibe the spirit of love and service.
"I convey greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, especially my Muslim brothers and sisters," the President said in a statement.
"Let us imbibe the spirit of universal love, brotherhood, sacrifice and service which constitute eternal values always upheld by our composite culture and work unitedly for peace, progress and prosperity of our nation and the world," he added.
"Eid-ul-Azha symbolizes sacrifice, faith and devotion."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the people.
"Best wishes on Eid-ul-Zuha. May this festival strengthen the spirit of harmony and compassion in society," he tweeted.
The security arrangements were stepped up in the national capital ahead of the festival.
According to DCP (North) Madhur Verma had said that security has been beefed up in the area and all arrangements are in place for peaceful celebrations.
(With Agency Inputs)