Before Eid Al-Adha, a shepherd in Rajasthan’s Churu area turned down a staggering Rs 1 million offer to sell his goat. Because the lamb’s number was “786,” which Muslims believe to be auspicious, the shepherd, Raju Singh, was awarded such a big payment. The meaning of the numbers on the lamb’s body was unclear to Singh. But after speaking with other Muslims, he learned that the animal’s body was inscribed with the number “786.”

Muslims, especially those in the Indian subcontinent, regard the number “786” to be “holy or lucky,” and therefore sometimes substitute it for the salutation “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim.” Despite how much it meant to Muslims, the shepherd claimed he couldn’t sell it since the animal was so “dear” to him.

The shepherd explained that the male lamb, who was born last year, is currently the subject of bids. “People are even making offers of Rs 70 lakh and more for the lamb, but I’m not ready to sell it,” the speaker said.

The lamb has been receiving particular attention ever since the hefty bid. Pomegranates, papayas, bindola, millets, and green vegetables are fed to the animal. The shepherd said that for security purposes, he had now started keeping the lamb inside his home.

In advance of Eid, exorbitant offers for sacrificed animals have become more typical. A’special’ goat cost Rs 70 lakh in 2022 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. ‘Allah’ and ‘Mohammed’, according to the owner, were etched on the goat’s body, which is why the price was so high. Owner Wahid claimed to have received a 22 lakh rupee offer from Nagpur.

A male goat was offered for sale in Gorakhpur in 2019 for Rs 8 lakh. The owner in this case also insisted that the word “Allah” was inscribed organically on the body. “We called this goat Salman since it weights more than 90 kg. Naturally, the goat has the words “Allah” and “Mohammad” inscribed on it. The goat’s owner, Mohammad Nizamuddin, informed the news agency ANI that it costs Rs 8 lakh.

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