People across the country are celebrating Ashoora-e-Muharram on 12 October.
The day marks the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and his companions, who laid down their lives for upholding truth, righteousness and justice in Karbala.
Tazia processions are being taken out to mark the occasion. Majaalis or religious meetings highlighting the supreme sacrifice of Karbala Martyrs are also being held.
Meanwhile, anticipating traffic congestion on several roads on account of Muharram, Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory for people to take alternative routes to avoid jams.
According to the advisory, Tazia (procession) will start from Chhatta Shahzad and pass through Pahari Bhojla-Jama Masjid-Chawri Bazar-New Delhi Railway Station-Connaught Place-Parliament Street-New Delhi Jama Masjid-Raisina Road-Tughlak Road-Aurobindo Marg-Jor Bagh and reach Karbala in the evening hours.
Another procession will start from Pahari Dheeraj in North District around 1.00 PM and will reach Paharganj bridge via Bara Tuti-Qutab Road and will merge with the above-mentioned main procession at Chemsford Road.
Alam and Taboot procession will be taken out from Shia Jama Masjid, Kashmere Gate, Chabi Ganj, Chhota Bazar, Bara Bazar and would terminate at Panja Sharif at around 4 PM.
Sandeep Goel, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic Headquarter) aded that bus services may be affected at the time of the processions and some of the services are likely to be terminated "depending on the movement of the processions".
--With Agency inputs