Srinagar, April 13
Baisakhi was today celebrated in the Kashmir valley, where the day marks the reopening of the Mughal gardens on the bank of Dal Lake.
Members of the Sikh community, including women and children, in colourful dressed visited the Gurdwaras in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, to join special prayers.
The main congregation was held at Gurdwara Chetipadshahi in the down town on the foot hill of Kohi-e-Maran, where the shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom and Hindu temple are located.
Sikh devotees from different parts of the city visited Gurdwara, where free langar was set up. Devotees also joined Shabad Kirten.
However, the members of the community had announced to celebrate the festival in a simple manner to express solidarity with the Muslims following the recent killing of eight civilians in Kashmir.
APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina appealed all the Sikh brethren to celebrate Besakhi in a simple manner to express solidarity with the majority community following the recent killing of eight civilian in the central Kashmir.
Mr Raina said that the festival like Besakhi bring about happiness and joy among the people, adding such festive occasion provide a chance to the people of different communities to come close each other while exchanging pleasantries.
Meanwhile, Mughal gardens, including Nishat, Shalimar and Cheshmashahi reopened today for public. However, the gardens were opened unofficially for the past one month for tourists.