Bakrid is a symbolic festival of Muslims in Lakshadweep. Paying homage to the revered Islamic Prophet Ibrahim for his sacrifices towards the divine power, the Muslim followers on this day gather in mosques of Lakshadweep to offer prayers. Lakshadweep Mosques,Ujra Mosque,South India Tour travel, Saint Ubadidullah, Mosques in Agatti and Kavaratti, Wahabis and Ahamadiyas Bakrid is also significant for the Muslim communities since it is on this day that the journey to Mecca ended.
The religious records of Islam states that once Prophet Ibrahim had been asked by the Almighty to offer his son as a mark of devotion and sacrifice. Determined to sacrifice Ismail, his son, Prophet Ibrahim took him to the altar and did the act of sacrifice with his eyes blindfolded. After a while, when he opened his eyes he saw his son alive. It is believed that a lamb was there on the altar instead of Ismail. Lakshadweep Mosques,Ujra Mosque,South India Tour travel, Saint Ubadidullah, Mosques in Agatti and Kavaratti, Wahabis and Ahamadiyas The traditional manuscripts of Muslims say that the Almighty was just taking a test of the intensity of the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim.
As the name suggests, Bakrid is celebrated in Lakshadweep by slaughtering a bakri or a goat in a mosque. The meat is later on distributed to the followers of Islam faith as a token of piousness. It is also said that journey to Mecca which is known as the holy pilgrimage of Muslim sects all over the world, ends on the day of Bakrid.
Lakshadweep is a place of colorful festivities.Lakshadweep Mosques,Ujra Mosque,South India Tour travel, Saint Ubadidullah, Mosques in Agatti and Kavaratti, Wahabis and Ahamadiyas The Muslim community of Lakshadweep is known to have a major contribution towards the immense popularity of various festivals.
Bakrid of Lakshadweep is one such festivals of Muslims which surely enriches the very tradition of mirth, fun and frolic in the island.
The landmark event in the early history of Lakshadweep was the complete transformation of entire population in to Islamic faith. An Arab Saint named Ubadidullah brought this about.
Though the Muslims in Lakshadweep have the belief that there is no other God but Allah and that Muhammad is his Prophet, still Pir (saint) worship is prevalent here .
The festivals of Urs of Ubaidullah (at Andrott) and Syed Muhammed Kasim (at Kavaratti) are celebrated every year.
The majority of the Muslims belong to the Sufi School of the Sunni sect and they accept both the Koran and the Sunnet. There are also Wahabis and Ahamadiyas who are small minority. The Wahabis have separate mosques in Agatti and Kavaratti and the Ahamadiyas are found only in Kalpeni.
Beaches - Lakshadweep Islands of Lakshadweep have emerged as a premier tourist destination among vacationers from rest of India and beyond. This group of 35 islands is known for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches and lush green landscape.
These beaches offer multiple diving and snorkeling facilities. Geologists say that these islands have been formed due to coral activity. give Each of these islands and the sea around them has its unique colour and beauty due to these coral reefs.
This smallest union territory - Lakshadweep - has fortunately remained aloof from the mindless modernization.
In the Kavaratti island, there are all in all fifty two mosques of which the most famous and beautiful is the Ujra mosque. There is a well, within its premises, which is believed to contain water, which can cure all diseases.
The Ujra mosque has an intricately carved ceiling, which were carved from a driftwood.This clearly depicts the craftsmanship of Kavaratti people.
For Accommodation, there is Agatti Beach Resort situated just walking distance from the airport
Looking at the services provided by the Agatti resort, there are none comparable to it in entire Lakshadweep.
You can opt from the various packages provided by the resort, some of which include a glass bottom boat ride, visit to nearby islands and lagoon fishing. The restaurant in Agatti resort provides both local and continental cuisines.
You will be spell bound by the sheer intricacy of the work with patterns of pale green and dark red woven in a harmonious blend.
The Jumah Mosque is another mosque, which houses the tomb of Saint Ubaidullah. This is a huge building and has the largest tank of any mosque in the islands.
Here in the graveyards, you will find green or blue headstones with Koranic texts engraved on them.
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