Sikh, Hindu devotees start pouring in Hassanabdal

Besakhi mela begins

Raza Naqvi


Scores of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from various parts of the world have started pouring in at Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabdal as the three-day celebration of Sikh religious festival ‘Besakhi’ will start from April 12.
‘Besakhi’, one of the major festivals of Sikhs also known as Baisakhi Vaisakhi – honours the founding of Sikh community known as the Khalsa. It also marks the beginning of a new solar year and the harvesting season.
The festival begins with the recitation of the Guru Granth, the Sikhs holy book. The entire 1430 pages of the book are read during three days of the festival. More than 10,000 Sikh pilgrims would reach Gurdwara Siri Punja Sahib Hasanabdal on April 12 to participate in Besakhi Mela, said the Deputy Secretary General Evacuee Trust Property Board Faraz Abbas while talking to newsmen.
He said, the pilgrims including 3000 Indians and 200 from across the world would visit Gurdwara to perform rituals including Holy Bath, recitation of holy book Guru Granth and others. He said, the pilgrims would be provided all possible facilities.
The concluding ceremony would be held on April 14 while Federal Minister for Minorities and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Yousaf would be the chief guest, he said adding Chairman Evacuee trust board Mohammad Saddique-ul-Farooq would also attend the ceremony.

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