As bizarre as it may sound, a supposedly ‘sacred goat’ has got a sale price of Rs. 21 lakhs (approx $47000) on the occasion of Bakr-Eid festival. The seller is a guy from Rajasthan, Jeetender Singh, who says his goat named “Khushi” was born with sacred markings on its body. The black goat has a unique pattern in white on its body which closely resembles to the number 786 in Arabic. The number is considered very lucky by Muslims across the world. Moreover, there’s another marking that looks like the crescent moon, which again is a sacred symbol for Muslims.
Bakr-Eid is a Muslim festival of sacrifice. On this day Muslims sacrifice a goat or Bakr (Urdu) to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, who willingly agreed to kill his son at the behest of God. However, when he put a knife at his son Ismail’s throat, God replaced his son with a goat. Thus, the tradition started.
The owner is a dairy farmer from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. he would not have have expected even in his wildest dreams that a goat will pave way for his fortunes. This is probably why he names his goat “Khushi” which means happiness. Although he agrees that he has got a price of Rs. 21 lakhs for his goat, he is still not ready to sell it. he says he is looking to get a sum of at least 51 lakhs! He sits at the Jama Masjid in Delhi, awaiting a better buyer. Last year, he got an offer of Rs. 5.15 lakh from a Mumbai-based Sheikh, but he decided to hold the goat back till this year.