Thousands converge at Sikh shrine for Hola Mohalla

Chandigarh, March 27 (IANS) It was a virtual sea of humanity at the Hola Mohalla celebrations Wednesday at the Sikh shrine of Keshgarh Sahib in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib.

The three-day Hola Mohalla festival coincides with the Hindu festival of colours Holi.
People offered prayers and participated in the Hola Mohalla celebrations at the shrine.
Takht Keshgarh Sahib – 80 km from here – is the second-most important Sikh shrine after Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar.
It was here in 1699 that the tenth master, Guru Gobind Singh, baptized five men and founded the Khalsa Panth, which is the modern day Sikh religion.
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal organised its political conference during the celebrations. It was addressed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Elsewhere in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, Holi was celebrated with enthusiasm Wednesday.
In Chandigarh, heavy police deployment could be seen at various places even as youth in cars and jeeps made rounds of various parts of the city, throwing colours on each other.