Bhubaneswar, Aug. 1 -- Bhubaneswar: Eid al-Adha was celebrated on a subdued note in Odisha on Saturday, with most of the devotees offering prayers from home in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted people on the occasion of the festival, also known as Bakr Eid.

"We are celebrating the festival in a simple manner as we need to protect people from the deadly coronavirus," the president of a Bhubaneswar-based mosque, Shakilur Rahman, said

He said that devotees were asked to offer prayers at home and urged people to abide by COVID-19 protective guidelines laid down by the government.

Amid COVID-19 restrictions like lockdown and shutdown being in force in several parts of the st...