Patna livestock sellers sell sacrificial goats named after Bollywood stars

December 8th, 2008 - 7:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Patna, Dec 8 (ANI): Livestock sellers in Patna are selling sacrificial goats named after popular Bollywood stars ahead of Eid-ul-Zuha.
In a bid to add glam quotient to their goats, the sellers in Patna have used the name of famous Bollywood stars to name their goats.
Three most famous varieties of goats, which are selling like hot cakes are Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan. The sales are sky high though there has been a little fall in the quantity of the livestock because of the floods in Bihar, earlier this year.
“We have all the breeds of goat here. Be it small or big in size. But the main attractions are the Shahrukh, Salman and Amir. Till now the maximum rate is for Salman khan. It is you can say the major attraction here and the earning is even quite good,” said Jiya Ullah Khan, a goat seller.
The buyers are enthusiastically purchasing the goats despite the high prices.
“Here different varieties of goats are available. Some are highly priced while some are affordable price. There are some goats, which are for 50,000 rupees and 40,000 rupees. I liked a goat named Shahrukh Khan. I have bought it for 40,000 rupees,” said Nawsad Khan, a buyer.
In Delhi, Goat sellers decorated their goats using colourful ribbons and garlands and displayed them for sale.
“Here we have seen goats of various sizes. They are all of good breed and are healthy and the rates are high too. Some people are selling their pair of goats for 70,000 rupees while some are selling for 80,000 rupees,” Usman Ahmed, a buyer.
According to the Holy Quran, God appeared in Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham’’s dream and asked him to sacrifice something that was most dear to him.
Prophet Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his own son, Ismail. However, when he put a knife on Ismail’’s throat, God replaced his son with a goat through a miracle.
For Muslims, this is a time to offer the perfect goat, as much as their pocket can afford to buy, to the Prophet.
The festival seeks to convey that sacrifice is supreme. (ANI)

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