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Largest congregation held on Sholakia Eidgah

  • Published at 04:49 pm August 9th, 2013

The largest Eid-ul-Fitr congregation of the country was held on the historic Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj on Friday with participation of over 350,000 devotees amid stringent security measures.

Former director of Islamic Foundation and noted alem Maulana Faird Uddin Masud conducted the congregation at 10am. Three gunshots were fired in the sky prior to starting the prayers as part of taking preparation.

A special prayer was offered seeking peace, welfare and prosperity of the mankind and the nation.

Imam greeted the Kishoreganj devotees before starting the prayers on behalf of two noted sons of the district – President Abdul Hamid and Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.

Devotees were allowed to enter the ground through 28 entrance gates after undergoing a thorough search. The entire ground was brought under a four-tier security net with deployment of large numbers of law enforcers including police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and different intelligence personnel.

Deputy Commissioner of Kishoreganj and President of the eidgah management committee M Siddiqur Rahman, Police Super M Anwar Hossain Khan, sadar upazila Nirabahi Officer and General Secretary of the committee Subrata Paul and Kishoreganj Press Club President AK Nasim Khan spoke at the gathering before starting the prayers.

Special trains operated on Bhairab-Kishoreganj and Kishoreganj-Mymensingh routes on the occasion. Different TV channels covered the congregation live. Locals said the number of devotees was increasing every year.

The first congregation on this ground was held in 1828 when a local Dewan, called Sayeed Ahmed (R) of Haibatnagar Dewan Bari of the town, conducted Eid congregation on one of the fields of his own “Taluk” (revenue zone).

The name of Sholakia came from "Shoa Lakh" where 125,000 people joined the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers.

Having about seven acres of land, the Eidgah maidan stands on the bank of Narosunda River. The ground has the arrangement for about 265 rows with accommodation capacity of over 500 devotees in each row.

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