JAMMU, Apr 14: Baisakhi- the festival of harvest coinciding with the day of formation of Khalsa Panth, was celebrated today with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervor across Jammu region, along with other northern parts of the country.
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In this connection, a day-long Baisakhi Mela was organized at Ranbir Canal Jammu where people from winter capital of the State and its outskirts were seen celebrating the occasion. Stalls of food items, toys, balloons, sweets and other goods were installed at the Mela site, which was visited by hundreds of people of all age group, including women and children along with their families.
The local administration had also made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the traditional Baisakhi Mela.
People also took holy dip in rivers, canals and Sarovars at several religious places across Jammu where traditional Melas were organized.
As the Baisakhi also commemorates the formation of Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699, heavy rush of Sikh Sangat was witnessed at all the Gurdwaras where the devotees paid their obeisance. The Gurdwaras were specially decorated for the occasion and Ragi Jathas recited Shabd Kirtan.
Reports from Poonch said that a large number of devotees visited Dera Nangali Sahib for paying obeisance and listening to the Shabd Kirtan. Several people from Jammu and other areas specially visited Dera Nangali Sahib for paying obeisance.