Chandigarh:  A large number of devotees across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh thronged Gurdwaras since early Wednesday morning to pay obeisance on the occasion of Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.

Braving early morning chill, the devotees made a beeline at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Talwandi Sabo, Anandpur Sahib and other Gurdwaras in Punjab, including those in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Pathankot, Mohali and Ropar.

At Harmandar Sahab in Amritsar, popularly known as the Golden Temple, which has been tastefully illuminated, devotees started pouring in since last night. In Chandigarh, people paid obeisance at the Gurdwaras. There was heavy rush of devotees at the Sector 34 Gurdwara.

Gurpurab was celebrated across Haryana as well, including in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Sirsa, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Fatehabad. Community kitchens or 'Langars' were organized at all gurdwaras across the two states and Chandigarh.

Nagar Kirtans or religious processions were taken out by the Sikh community on Wednesday at most places in the region. Tight security arrangements had been made at the famous Gurdwaras in the region.  A Sikh Jatha had left for Pakistan two days back to offer prayers at the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara.


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