The three-day Sikh festival – ‘Holla Mohalla’ – began on Wednesday at Sri Anandpur Sahib near here with a large number of devotees thronging the birth place of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji to pay their obeisance.
Guru Gobind Singh, the last of ten Sikh gurus, who was born at Anandpur Sahib, had initiated the Sikh Khalsa in 1699, passing the Guruship of the Sikhs to the eternal Sikh Guru, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
On the first day of the festival today, religious congregations were held and devotees took dip in the holy sarovar (sacred tank) adjacent to the Sikh shrine.
The Holla procession would be taken out by Nihangs (Sikh warriors), who represent the army of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, on the last day of the festival.
Several political parties will also organise their conferences at the festival fair tomorrow. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be holding its first conference at the festival.
Here are the highlights of Day 1 of Holla Mohalla events at Sri Anandpur Sahib :