Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi Mela

By: News Desk
Published: 03:25 PM, 15 Apr, 2022
Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi Mela
Caption: A newlywed Sikh couple walks at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib during the annual 'Baisakhi' festival, a spring harvest festival for Sikhs and Hindus, in Hasanabdal.–AFP
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All the preparations have been finalized for celebrating the Baisakhi Mela at Kartarpur, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Earlier, Gurdwara Panja Sahib on Thursday came alive as Sikh pilgrims chanted slogans like ‘Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa’, ‘Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh’ and ‘Jo Bolay So Nihal’. Sweets were distributed among the pilgrims.

Pilgrims, wearing traditional yellow turbans were seen roaming around in halls and courtyards of the gurdwara; everyone seemed happy as they performed their religious rituals including recitation of their holy book Granth Sahib.

Female students from Khalsa School Peshawar recited mayhems which won laurels from both Sikh and Hindu devotees present at the ceremony. Following Bhog, the pilgrims performed Keerthan for purification which is followed by Ardaas or prayer. This marked the formal end of the festival and sweets were distributed among pilgrims.

According to reports, around 4,000 Sikhs attended the celebrations. Of them, over 2,500 came from India while over 500 were from various countries.

As many as 2,000 Pakistani Hindus and Sikhs also attended the festival. This year’s festival marks the 323rd anniversary of Khalsa — the pure ones — a name for the Sikh brotherhood.