City Faith – Bakra Eid, Matia Mahal
The ritual of sacrifice.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The goat was priced at Rs 7,000. It was purchased by the head of the family two days before Eid ul Zuha, or the feast of sacrifice, also known as Bakra Eid. The special bazaar for the festival was held in front of the Mughal-era Jama Masjid.
The goat’s final home was a mansion in Matia Mahal, a neighborhood in Shahjahanabad. Fed with gular leaves, dry rotis and grains, it looked cheery. The children often kissed its head.
On Eid morning, the butcher arrived a few hours after the namaaz. Booked by many households in the area, he was in dark blue pajamas. As he took out his knife, the boys of the family gathered around the goat; one of them held its legs.
Watching from upstairs, the mother called out to God. Hiding behind a door, one of her sons kept his hand on his heart. The child-maid looked frightened.
The end was swift.
Later, the mother cooked Kaleji, a dish made of the goat’s liver. Served hot, it was garnished with green chillies.
The holy dish