Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sholakia hosts the largest congregation

Sholakia, famous for its huge draw of devotees, like the previous years, has hosted the largest Eid congregation in the country.
Sholakia, eid ground
Thousands of people from far and wide started flocking to the ground, spanning over seven acres of land, overnight.
Two special trains—Sholakia Express—carrying devotees from Bhairab and Mymensingh reached Kishoreganj at 8am.
The Eidgah committee estimated that more than a hundred thousand Muslims participated in the 183rd congregation, that started at 9am.
Maolana Farid Uddin Masud, chairman of the Islahul Muslimin Parishad, led the prayers.
One of the oldest surviving congregation grounds in Bangladesh, established in 1828, the Sholakia Eidgah reportedly held 1.25 lakh people at its first congregation.
RAB and police were deployed at the Eidgah and its adjacent areas to maintain security.

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