The chance occurrence comes at a time when communal tension in the country has reached an extreme high
In a display of religious solidarity, the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists in Bangladesh observed three of their holy days — Eid-e-Miladunnabi, Lakshmi Puja and Prabarana Purnima, respectively — on Wednesday.
The auspicious occurrence came at a time when communal tension in the country has reached an extreme high following attacks on Hindu temples and neighbourhoods and deaths of several people during clashes in different districts over the past week amid Durga Puja -- the biggest religious festival of the Hindus.
The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the anniversary of the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was observed across Bangladesh with due religious solemnity.
On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day.
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Thousands of Muslims on Wednesday vowed to uphold interfaith harmony in a mammoth rally of Eid-e-Miladunnabi which coincided with simultaneous celebrations Lakshmi Puja and Prabarana Purnima after days of communal unrest.
The spoke against religious extremism, militancy and communalism at the rally arranged by Maizbhandar Darbar and joined, among others, by senior ministers, politicians, foreign diplomats, Islamic scholars and sufis.
Lakshmi Puja, a religious festival of the Hindu community, was observed with due religious fervour and enthusiasm around the country. The Puja is arranged on the next full-moon night after the end of Durga Puja.
According to Hindu scripture, Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu, is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, luxury, beauty, fertility and auspiciousness. She represents the beautiful and bountiful aspect of nature.
In the capital, Lakshmi Puja was performed in Dhakeshwari National Temple, Ramkrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission, Shankharibazar, Tantibazar, Sutrapur, Farashganj, Lakshmibazar, Radhamadhab Bigraha Mandir and Radha Govinda Geo Temple.
After worshiping of Goddess Lakhsmi, Anjali was offered at temples and homes followed by distribution of Prasad.
Meanwhile, the second largest religious festival of the Buddhist community, Prabarana Purnima was celebrated with due festivity on Wednesday.
The festival is also known as Ashvini Purnima that marks the conclusion of the three-month-long seclusion of monks inside their monasteries for self-edification and atonement of their defilement.
The month-long Kathin Chibar Dan (yellow robe offering ceremony) festival of the Buddhist community starts from Thursday.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the holy days of the three religions, greeting the people of the country and the world while stressing religious harmony.