Bengaluru: August 12 marks the festival of Eid-Al-Adha or commonly known as Bakrid that is celebrated across India. It is called the "festival of sacrifice" and is one of the most important festivals for Islamic followers as it marks the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham.

According to the legend, the Prophet was challenged by God to prove his faith in Him and to do that, the Prophet had to sacrifice something that he held very dear to him. The Prophet's steadfast faith in God had prompted him to offer his 13-year-old son, Ismail, for sacrifice.

Wishes poured in on Twitter. Prime Minister too took to Twitter to wish Muslims. He said, "My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!"

Moved by this willingness of the Prophet to prove his devotion to Him, God sent the angel Jibril or Gabriel to place a goat in the place of Ibrahim's son. From that day onwards, followers of Islam celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing male goats. Twitter has been filled with celebratory messages.

Jammu and Kashmir authorities have said that Eid relaxation will be seen in Rajouri and other districts of Jammu region, but the administration will keep a close watch on movements.

In Srinagar, section 144 has been removed and phone lines have been made functional, authorities said priority will be to ensure no untoward incident or violence takes place during Eid-ul-Adha celebrations.

On Sunday, ahead of Eid-ul-Adha, banks, ATMs and quite some markets remained open in Kashmir as restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop. While some reports say restrictions have been reimposed in Kashmir, it was said earlier that Kashmiris would be allowed to offer prayers in neighbourhood mosques for Eid.

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