Baisakhi celebrated in JK


Srinagar, Apr 14: The Sikh community Thursday celebrated the Baisakhi festival with traditional fervour and gaiety across the state.
As the morning broke, the beats of ‘dhols’ began resounding, the joyous performances of bhangra and elaborate feasts marked Baisakhi celebrations. Bajan Keertans were also performed at many Gurudwaras across Kashmir. The biggest function was held at Chatti Pathshahi in Kathi Darwaza Rainawari in old city here.
People woke up early and visited temples and Gurdwaras, where langars or community feasts were arranged as a part of charity on the day. Men and women dressed in colourful outfits moved to their field for the first harvest of the season.
Although Baisakhi is celebrated in various other northern states for a good harvest of Rabi crop, the Sikh community here celebrates the festival to mark 312th year of the foundation of Khalsa Panth by 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
A Sikh leader here said that on this day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh baptized Panj Pyare with Amrit and foundation of Khalsa Panth was laid and wearing of Panj kakars became significant.
In villages, performances of energetic bhangra and gidda by men and women respectively marked the occasion. People also exchanged greetings with friends, neighbours and relatives as they relished the best of famous Punjabi cuisine.
Colourful Baisakhi fairs were organized at several places with people going on shopping, eating and recreational spree.
In north Kashmir hundreds of devotees from Sikh community visited the Gurdwara Chatti Padshahi in Baramulla, Khawaja Bagh and Paranpila in Uri. The markets in the area remained crowded with the shoppers throughout the day, reports said.
In south Kashmir, Baisakhi was celebrated at many places. People kept pouring in at Gurdwaras at Mattan, Singhpora, Hutbora, Kchenbal, and Palmpora.
Keeping in with the tradition, the Mughal gardens were officially opened to public on the occasion. All Mughal gardens, Nishat, Shalimar, Harwan besides newly established tulip garden witnessed rush of visitors from across the Valley.
Apart from residents, the army and paramilitary personnel also danced on the beats of dhols and displayed Sikh warrior skills to celebrate the festival.
In Jammu the force personnel danced to the tunes of Punjabi music and beats of dholaks with villagers in Suchetgarh, Ramgarh, Octroi, Banglard, Laam and Chakan-Da-Bagh along the Indo-Pak border.
Sikh personnel displayed skills of art of weapons, including swords.
Meanwhile, fairs were organized at Reasi Gurudwara, Nangli Sahab in Poonch, Gurudwara Talab Tillo, Nanak Nagar, banks of river Chenab and Tawi.
Gurudwaras across the region wore a festive look. Thousands of people thronged Gurdwaras to offer prayers.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah greeted people on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:00:00 IST

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