Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, was Monday celebrated with religious fervor across Jammu and Kashmir.
The main function was held at Gurdwara Chatipadshahi at Rainawari here. Thousands of Sikhs from across Kashmir visited the Gurdwara to join special prayers.
Guru Nanak Sahib (the founder of Sikhism) was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura in Pakistan, now Nanakana Sahib.
Special 'langar' were also organized for the devotees in Gurdwaras. Similar celebrations were also held in other local Gurdwaras including Jawahar Nagar, Allochibagh, Barzulla, Tral, Rangreth, Pattan and Baramulla and others. The
Gurdwaras were beautifully decorated to mark the occasion.
Sikh community had also illuminated their respective houses in evening. The community had decided to not fire crackers this year, to express solidarity with the victims killed and injured in forces action during present unrest.
All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said the day is observed to remember and commemorate the birthday and teachings of Guru Nanak Devji.
A large number of Muslims and Pandits greeted the Sikh brethren here on the occasion.
"We celebrated the festival with austerity. We had all encouraged children to not fire crackers. It was decided to express solidarity with the victim who were killed or injured in forces action," he said.
Reiterating the Committee's demand to grant special quota for Sikhs of State to visit Nanakana, Raina said: "Sometimes we are merged with Sikhs of Punjab and sometimes with those from Delhi. We reiterate our (Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir) demand that the special quota should be granted (reserved) to us for the visit every year on this occasion."
Pertinently, the separatist leadership had called off the Lal Chowk chalo march keeping in view the Gurpurab celebrations.
Earlier Sikh leaders had raised their apprehensions that the "chalo call" would affect the Gurpurab celebrations in Kashmir.