Chandigarh: Sikh devotees on Friday thronged Gurdwaras across Punjab and took a dip in the holy water pools at religious shrines on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi.
   
The devotees offered prayers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Gurdwaras in Muktsar, Talwandi Sabo and Anandpur Sahib. Community kitchens were also organised on the occasion.
   
Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi as the day of the formation of the Khalsa (the pure one). On the day, in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth Sikh Guru) established the Khalsa and eliminated the differences of high and low and established that all human beings are equal.
   
Usually, harvesting of wheat was also initiated on the occasion of Baisakhi, but this time it has been delayed in view of prolonged winter spell in the region.
   
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh had greeted the people on the occasion of Baisakhi.

(Agencies)