India is celebrating one of the biggest festivals today –Eid. After an entire month of fasting religiously, our Muslim friends celebrate with grandeur and joy. The decorations and the happy faces are truly a sight to behold.

Ramzan is the ninth month according to the Islamic lunar calendar, and Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the entire month. The celebration of Eid at the end of it marks the beginning of the next month, Shawwal.

While the delicious biryani and sewaiyan is everyone’s favourite, the celebrations are an experience to have. We compiled a list of the places that are a must go-to during this festival as they celebrate it very grandly. Check them out:

1. Taj Mahal Mosque, Agra: Thousands of people turn up every year at the famous Taj Mahal to offer their prayers. The entry is free for the entire day.

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Masjid Taj Mahal Memasuki kompleks Taj Mahal kita akan disambut dg sebuah taman yg luas dan indah dengan sebuah kolam memanjang di tengahnya. Di ujung tengah kompleks, Taj Mahal megah berdiri di apit oleh dua bangunan yg tak kalah indah. Disebelah kanan (barat) terdapat sebuah masjid dan disebelah kiri (timur) terdapat sebuah istana peristirahatan raja. Ketiga bangunan itu dibangun secara simetris. Bangunan masjid dan istana sendiri dibuat sangat identik satu sama lain sehingga seperti bangunan kembar. Lokasi masjid yg berada disebelah kanan (barat) Taj Mahal dimaksudkan supaya saat menunaikan sholat tidak menghadap ke makam (Taj Mahal). . Masjid Taj Mahal dirancang oleh seorang bernama Isa Muhamed dengan menggabungkan arsitektur Persia, Mughal dan Islam. Ornamen-ornamen dan ukiran kaligrafi di dindingnya dibuat dengan begitu indah dan detil. Masjid ini juga terdaftar sebagai world heritage UNESCO. Lantai masjid berbentuk ukiran sajadah dari bahan batu pualam yang sudah digosok permukaan nya hingga halus dan mengkilap. Konon ada sekitar 539 bentuk tiruan sajadah yg dibuat. Sayang saat kesana lantai masjidnya kotor oleh banyak kotoran burung dan nampak lama gk dibersihkan ☹️ . Selain Taj Mahalnya sendiri, Masjid Taj Mahal dan istana peristirahatan raja ini juga jadi spot yg fotogenik banget. Bakalan kece banget deh kalau foto-foto disini. Apalagi view Taj mahal dari pintu masjidnya saat matahari terbit dibalik Taj Mahal dengan kabut tipis yg tersisa, cakep bgt! . #soulbackpacker Nb. Btw saya nulis panjang-panjang gini dibaca nggak ya? ? Photo with #sonya6000

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The Taj Mahal ताज महल meaning "Crown of the Palaces") is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan, the builder. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (U.S. $827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. #tajmahal #tajmahalpalace #tajmahalmosque #tajmahalciudadojeda #tajmahalpictures #tajmahalsunrise #TajMahalTour #tajmahalotantik #tajmahalofnegros #tajmahalac #tajmahalagra #TajMahalAtAgra #TajMahalBarranquilla #Tajmahalbeats #tajmahaldiaries #tajmahalentrance #tajmahalgateway #tajmahalindia #tajmahall #tajmahaltrio

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2. Jama Masjid, Delhi: It is one of the oldest mosques in India. It adds to the charm of Old Delhi and on the festival of Eid thousands of devotees can be seen inside and outside the mosque, a sight so mesmerising.

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Happy Eid Mubarak: Hoy en la luna negra de Géminis termina el festival más importante del #islam el ayuno de #ramadan un evento celebrado con completa devoción y compromiso por los musulmanes del mundo. _ Después de sólo cenar por casi un mes, y pasar el día entero sin alimento alguno, nisiquiera agua, se celebra el gran cierre del festival, donde los fieles demuestran su fidelidad a su religión en oración y con un gran festín. _ Las fotos son de un talentoso fotógrafo de Delhi, quien logra capturar el momento donde 25000 oran juntos en dirección a la Mecca en la mezquita más grande de #india Jamah Mazhid, construida en el siglo XVII por Shah Jahan, el emperador Mogol autor del #tajmahal _ Esta mezquita es una de las atracciones principales de cualquier visita a #delhi siendo una de las pocas abiertas al público en general! _ Salam Alekyum! ?? Dios es uno! _ #incredibleindia #nirvanatours #nirvanaviajesaindia #nirvanatourstoindia #ramadan2019 #newdelhi #olddelhi #muslim

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3. Chaar Minar, Hyderabad: This famous monument of India is one of the most vibrant places on the day of Eid, packed with people celebrating the festival.

4. Haji Ali, Mumbai: People come from far across places to offer their prayers at the Hai Ali Dargah, and even more so on this auspicious day.

5. Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad: It is one of biggest heritage buildings of Hyderabad, and is a hub for people on Eid to exchange festivities.

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May 31 2019 marks Jumma Tul Wida, or Alvida Jumma, which means Friday of Farewell. Celebrated on the last Friday during the holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan, Alvida Jumma holds a great significance for all Muslims who observe roza during the month of Ramzan. It is considered the second holiest day during Ramazan and that is why the prayers offered on this day, called as Alvida Jumma Namaz, marks an important event for Muslims around the world. Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad . . #shotongopro Hero 5 Black @gopro @goproin #goproin . . . . . #gopro #hyderabadheritage #hyderabadi #alvidajumma #ramzanspecial #ramadan_kareem #ramadan2019 #hyderabadculture #meccamasjid #indianculture #indianheritage #incredibleindia #natgeotravelindia #natgeoyourshot #bizarrehyderabad #photopalshyd #teambsph

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6. Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer: Another hugely popular muslim heritage site, built by Mohammad Bin Tughluq becomes host to thousands of people on this festival.

7. Taj-ul Masajid, Bhopal: It is known as the ‘Crown of Mosques’, and is the largest mosque in India. Naturally, it becomes an attraction and lures people from far away places on Eid.

8. Bara Imambara, Lucknow: It is the largest unsupported structure of India. People visit it in huge numbers on Eid to offer their prayers and Lucknowi food is an added attraction.

9. Nakhoda Mosque, Kolkata: One of the places that attracts the most crowd in Kolkata during Eid is Nakhoda Mosque which looks absolutely beautiful.

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Prior to colonization, the Bengal Subah was the wealthiest and most industrial province of the Mughal Empire with a Muslim majority that led the world in textile manufacturing and shipbuilding. Bengal's once thriving economy, however, was decimated under British rule, leading to bankruptcy and two devastating famines. Following Independence, Bengal was partitioned and a mass exodus of millions of Hindus crossing into India and thousands of Muslims crossing into East Pakistan (modern-day Bangladesh) ensued. While this crisis was significantly more gradual and less violent than the one which occurred in Punjab, it too led to increased ethnic tension and riots as well as land and food shortages, the effect of which was felt most acutely in Kolkata. Today, Bengali Muslims form the largest Muslim community in South Asia, the second largest Muslim ethnic group in the world (following Arab Muslims), over 20% of Kolkata's total population, and the largest minority group in West Bengal. #nakhodamosque #brownhistory #explorelearnrepeat #beautifulbengal #travelsouthasia #globalcitizen #historymajor #openmyworld

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10. Bandra station, Mumbai: This one is a small mosque, but it is heartwarming to see people making way for our muslim brothers who offer prayers while sitting on the road outside the mosque in large numbers.

11. Hazratbal mosque, Srinagar: It houses the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad and is situated on the banks of the gorgeous Dal lake. You would find peace even among the huge throng of people.

These are places that you should truly visit at least to experience the essence of Eid.

Eid Mubarak everyone!