On Gurpurab, devotees throng gurdwaras in state

A large number of devotees across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh thronged gurdwaras from early in the morning on Wednesday, to pay obeisance on the occasion of Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.

Braving early morning chill, devotees made a beeline at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Talwandi Sabo, Anandpur Sahib and other gurdwaras in Punjab, including those in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Pathankot, Mohali and Ropar.

At Harmandar Sahab in Amritsar, popularly known as the Golden Temple, which has been tastefully illuminated, devotees had been pouring in since Tuesday night.

In Chandigarh, people paid obeisance at the Gurdwaras. There was heavy rush of devotees at the Sector 34 Gurdwara. Gurpurab was celebrated across Haryana as well, including in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Sirsa, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Fatehabad.

Community kitchens or 'Langars' were organised at all gurdwaras across the two states and Chandigarh. Nagar Kirtans or religious processions were taken out by the Sikh community yesterday at most places in the region. Tight security arrangements had been made at the famous gurdwaras in the region.

A Sikh Jatha had left for Pakistan two days back to offer prayers at the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara. Meanwhile, thousands of devotees paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib at Sultanpurlodhi in Kapurthala district where Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life. Long queues of devotees could be seen at the gurdwara.

The devotees took a holy dip at a Sarovar near Ber Sahib and holy Bein and listened to Gurbani. Parkash Purb (birth anniversary) of the founder of Sikh faith, was also celebrated in Phagwara with full religious fervour.

189 devotees held while heading to Haridwar, later released

Amritsar: The Uttarakhand police on Wednesday arrested as many as 189 Sikh devotees, including All India Sikh Conference president Gurcharan Singh Babbar and Sant Samaj leader Baljit Singh Daduwal, at a place near Paonta Sahib after they tried to head towards Haridwar to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak at a spot - where they claim the 450-year old Gurdwara Gian Godhri Sahib was demolished in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Uttarakhand DGP Satyavrat said the arrests were preventive in nature and made under section 151 of thr CrPC. All the 189 are being released on the production of personal bonds, he added.

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