Mourning and wailing among Muslims marked Muharram on Sunday. The Muslims of the city took out a huge procession with ‘taziyas’, decorated trucks, camel carts and flags, marking the 10th day of the Muharram month, which is the first month of the Muslim calendar.
For 10 days, Muslims wear black to indicate mourning. Men and women clad in black mourned the killing of thousands of army men in the Battle of Karbala, which took place around 1,400 years ago. The procession consisted of 93 beautifully decorated tazias which were the replicas of Imam Sahab ka mazaar in Karbala.
The mazaar is a religious place for Muslims in Karbala, Iraq.
Chairman of the tazia committee, JV Momin said, “Apart from decorated tazias, there will also be 32 akhadas, 78 teams to play drums (chhayyams), 18 camel carts, 12 decorated trucks and 10 groups who would be mourning during the procession. Different groups have been engaged for months making and decorating tazias. During the procession, the head priest of Jagannath temple, Dilipdasji maharaj was also present to give away the prize for the best decorated tazia.
Some of the tazias were made of bamboo sticks while others were made of silver and gold or German silver with platinum. In the evening, the tazias with decorated lights were a breathtaking sight as they passed through the streets of the city.