There are just 4 days to go for the big Ashoora procession in the city , where in the Shia Community gears up to perform and also ensure a smooth conduct of the event.
Thus , the zoo officials and members from the Shia Community has conducted a dress rehearsal of the 10th day Muharrum procession by taking the lead elephant “Rajini” from Bibi ka Alwa in Dabeerpura via Charminar to Chaderghat.
For smooth conduct , the police officials of South Zone has created a special traffic corridor to check the temperament of the elephant Rajini.
Syed Hussain Jaffry , AP Shia Youth Conference , says “We are having quite a difficulty in controlling “Rajini” and we are conducting a dress rehearsal to accustom her to the traffic and noise. Last year , on October 24 , during the 10th day procession , she started walking backwards unable to bear the noise of the procession , which actually injured many , so we are not taking such chance this time!”
There will also be a parade in certain parts of Old City like Panjeshah , Dabeerpura , Darul Shifa , Purani Haveli and other Shia dominated areas where we could witness a parade of different kind.
Black flags along with blinding lights , rose petal sellers with the fragrance of ood (agarwood) smoke and a dress code of black is what apparent at the Bargahs , Imambaras , Dargahs and Ashoorkhanas which house Alams.
In the inner lanes of Bibi ka Alwa, only pedestrian traffic is allowd , yet it is difficult to walk in those narrow lanes. Right now there are 15 Ashoorkhanas where majlis will take place and the “khooni maatam” will take place of the 10th day of Muharram and the procession will be led by the elephant “Rajini” , which will go around the city right up to the Charminar and back to Bibi ka Alwa!