A week after the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the locals came out of their homes as restrictions were eased ahead of Eid al-Adha.
In a video accessed by Republic TV, Eid prayers were heard echoing in the town of Srinagar, from the Hilltop of Shankaracharya.
The serene visuals encapsulated the bird's eye view of Srinagar, as the Azaan (call for prayer) resonated across the city wherein the festival was celebrated across various mosques without any reported violence.
The authorities had on Sunday said people will be allowed to visit neighborhood mosques to offer prayers. Large gatherings, however, were not allowed in any part of the Valley, an official said on Monday.
The government has also made arrangements for availability of adequate food and other essential items across the Kashmir Valley and steps are being taken to even deliver certain goods at people's doorsteps, another official said.
The government's top priority is to maintain peace and prevent any casualty and mischief in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Republic TV's team brought ground reports of the situation clearly showing normalcy. In Jammu, security officials were seen distributing sweets and celebrating the festivities with people:
Ahead of Eid-ul Azha, banks, ATMs and quite a few markets remained open on Sunday in Kashmir and restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop, while residents would be permitted to offer prayers in neighbourhoods mosques on the festival. There has been no report of violence anywhere in Kashmir, officials said.
While the administration said it was taking steps to facilitate availability of food and other items, the usual hustle and bustle of the Eid-ul-Azha festival was missing in the Valley where normal life has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5.
"Everything is peaceful. The restrictions have eased and there has been lot of improvement in public and transport movement," Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.
(With PTI inputs)