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Andhra Pradesh In Festivals  - Milad-Un-Nabi

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Milad-Un-Nabi, the religious festival of Muslim community, is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh to rejuvenate the mirth of the moment when Prophet Mohammed took birth. The day of this pious occasion starts with the breaking of dawn when the people gather in various mosques to read the sacred Quran. After a long session of reading and listening to the verses of their holy scripture, the followers of Hazrat Mohammed greet each other lovingly and sweetmeats are handed out to them.

Although Milad-Un-Nabi is celebrated in all parts of Andhra Pradesh, yet Hyderabad and Secunderabad follow this occasion with a distinguished dignity

and passion. While the mosques of the two cities are brightened up with lightings, the streets are found decorated with green flags with the sacred verse - Kalema Taiyeba written on each of them. Depicting the revered life of Prophet Mohammed, the people organize special ghazal sessions and Quran reading programmes on Milad-Un-Nabi. Distributing food to the poor is another compulsory custom of the festival.

The religious scholars of the state often address the massive assembly of men presented in the adjoining grounds of mosques or similar public platforms on the sacred festival. The famous phrases of Hazrat Mohammed are read to spread his message of love, peace and brotherhood among the communities of Andhra Pradesh.

From common people who celebrate the occasion in their own circles to corporate leaders and professionals who arrange social gatherings in different parts of the state, Milad-Un-Nabi is celebrated by all strata of people. enter the mandapams or place of worship wearing fresh cloths and offer prayers

The religious importance of Maha Sivarathri can be fathomed from sincerity of the people who wake up before dawn, purify themselves by taking a bath in the rivers and come to the Shiva temples with flowers and sweets to adorn and praise the lingam.


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