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Gurpurab marks the religious zeal in Punjab and Haryana

On the brightest occasion of Gurpurab, holiest of Sikh shrines ‘Harmandar Sahib’, popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar and other gurdwaras elsewhere across Punjab and Haryana saw religious fervour as ‘Gurpurab’ the birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated on Wednesday.
GurpurabIn order to offer prayers and celebrate Gurpurab in the most warmth manner,thousand of devotees in the early morning thronged the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.

Due to recent incidents of sacrilege of Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib, the divine complex did not see any celebrations earlier this month on the occasion of Diwali and ‘Bandi Chorr Diwas’, so it appeared to be extraordinarily illuminated  on Tuesday evening to mark Gurpurab eve.

There was a security ring around all leading Sikh shrines in Punjab specially on this day of Gurpurab.

To mark the 546th birth anniversary of the Guru Nanak Ji, devotees could be seen offering prayers at various gurudwaras across  Punjab and Haryana. Hymns were recited at the holy shrine and hundreds of other gurdwaras across the region to mark the occasion.

GurpurabAt several places in and around gurdwaras, ‘Langars’ (community kitchen), were arranged for all the devotees coming to offer prayers at the shrine complex on the bliss occasion of Gurpurab.

The birth place of Guru Nanak Ji was Nankana Sahib, which is now in Pakistan, 100 km from Lahore. Some 2,000 devotees in order to celebrate Gurpurab have even gone to neighbouring Pakistan.

On this shrine occasion of Gurpurab Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal greeted people and urged them to follow the Guru’s teachings and to maintain peace and harmony.

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