Saturday, 15 January 2011

Sikh devotees take holy dip on 'Maghi Mela'

Nihang Avatar Singh praying at Gurdwara Tuti Gandi Sahib, Muktsar.

Braving winter chill, a large number of devotees today took a holy dip in the 'sarovars' of the various Gurdwaras in and around the town on the occasion of Maghi Mela.

Maghi is observed in the memory of the 40 'Muktas' (the redeemed ones) who sacrificed their lives while fighting the Mughals in the last battle of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in 1705. According to the legend, the Guru personally cremated the martyrs on the day following the festival of Lohri.

Despite the biting cold, devotees came in droves from Punjab and neighbouring areas, including Haryana and Rajasthan, to pay obeisance at Gurdwaras here.

People also gathered in large numbers at Takhtupura in nearby Moga and at other shrines located in Faridkot, Nanaksar and Daroli Bhai.

Political parties in the state, including the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and the opposition Congress organised conferences and rallies which wre attended by Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, sacked Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Local Bodies and Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia.

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