A gigantic 1,500 kg buffalo named Bahubali, bought from Ludhiana in Punjab for a whopping Rs 11 lakh, has become the centre of attraction during Eid-ul-Adha (Bakrid) festivities in Moradabad town.
Its owners are looking for a potential buyer who can pay several lakhs more than what they paid for it or they will sacrifice Bahubali on the day of the festival.
Mohammad Taufeeq Qureshi and Nadeem bought the buffalo in Ludhiana and brought it to their residence near the Idgah in Moradabad on Saturday.
Since then, this Murrah buffalo has become the cynosure of all eyes in the town as well as the nearby districts and people are pouring in to catch a glimpse of Bahubali.
“Every day, people come individually and in groups to take a look at Bahubali,” said Nadeem, adding that many visitors jostled with each other to pet the buffalo and click a selfie.
Reports said a man from Thakurdwara town offered to buy the buffalo but the owners refused, saying the price he offered was not good enough.
“If nobody comes forward with a good price, then we will sacrifice the buffalo on the occasion of Bakrid,” said Qureshi, explaining that every day, the buffalo drank 20 litres of milk and ate 20kg of apples along with normal fodder.
Given the humid weather, Bahubali has been kept in a room with two water coolers and a ceiling fan.
Muslims across the country will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on Tuesday.
They slaughter goats, sheep and other animals on the day to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command.