Srinagar, January 5
The Guru Purab, the 350 birthday of Guru Gobind
Singh Ji was today celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region today.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and leaders of other political parties besides All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) have greeted people on the occasion.
Braving chill and snow members of the sikh community, including women and children, in colourful dresses were visiting Gurdwaras in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar since early this morning.
However, the main congregation was held at Gurdwara Chatipadshahi, Rainawari on the foot hill of Kohi-e-Maran, where the shrine of Hazrat Mehboob-ul-Aalam and a Hindu temples are located.
Sikh devotees, including women and children, from different parts of the city and other parts of the valley throng the Gurdwara since early this morning when it was also snowing.
The management of the Gurdwara had made all arrangements, including langar, for the devotees.
Similar congregations were also held in Gurdwaras at Jawahar Nagar, Sanant Nagar, Alochi Bagh and Mehjoor Nagar in the city.
Reports of special prayers being held were also received from Barammulla, Uri, Tral and other parts of the valley.
Guru Purab was also celebrated at Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region where special prayers were organized in Gurdwaras despite considerable chill.
Vohra has greeted the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
He observed that Guru ji was a warrior and a philosopher-poet who strived for establishing a society based on equality, brotherhood and respect for women. He said that the values underlying the teachings of the great Guru should guide our endeavours to establish a just social order.
The Governor expressed the hope that this auspicious occasion would usher the State towards peace, progress and prosperity, strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and brotherhood and re-invigorate the secular traditions which have been the hallmark of the glorious heritage of Jammu and Kashmir for the centuries past.
The Governor prayed for the well-being of the people of the State.
The Chief Minister said Jammu & Kashmir has been an abode of communal harmony and these occasions strengthen the inter community bonds which she said is need of the hour.