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POONCH: Baisakhi which has the significance of inception of Khalsa Panth on this day in 1699 was celebrated in Dera Nangali Sahib, Poonch with religious fervour and gusto. Thousands of devotees from other States of the country, besides those from State, participated in the function and also had Darshan of the remains (Asthi) of Thakur Bhai Mela Singhji the 4th Saint of the Dera on Thursday.
The thirteen days long function started on 1st April 2017 with the series of Sri Akhand Path Sahib. After the accomplishment of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, the Gurbani Kirtan and lecture session started. Ragi Jathas of Bhai Harcharan Singh, Bhai Daljit Singh, Bhai Sartaj Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh and Giani Bhopinder Singh recited Gurbani Kirtan while Bhai Sarwan Singh Sewak threw light on the inception of Khalsa Panth. Mahant Manjit Singhji in his address said that the identity of Sikh is the model conduct which every member of the community has to ensure. He reminded the people the contributions of Guru Gobind Singhji who sacrificed himself and his whole family for the cause of nation and advised his Panth to do good to others. He asked every youth of the society to abstain from drug abuse and appealed to the Police authorities to launch an effective drive against this menace because young generations are becoming its victim.
The MLA Haveli Shah Mohd Tantray greeted the people on this occasion and appreciated the efforts of Mahant Manjit Singhji for rendering selfless service to the society and guiding the right path to the people. He announced a sum of Rs 10 lakh for the development works of Dera Nangali Sahib.
Prominent among those who participated include Commander 93 Inf Bde A.S Pandarkar, DDC Poonch M.H Malik, SSP Rajiv Pandey, former Minister Rangeel Singh, Baba Kuldeep Singh of Dera Dukh Niwaran, Prof Hardev Singh, Prof Netar Singh, Saints from Banaras Shamsher Singh, Saint Sham Sunder Shastri and Saint Sunder Dass, President GPC Uttarakhand Surjit Singh and President DGPC Kathua Manjit Singh.
General Secretary Rajinder Singh presented the vote of thanks. He specifically thanked the DDC Poonch, PWD, PDD and PHE department.
UDHAMPUR: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Avny Lavasa inaugurated the three-day Historic Devika Baisakhi Mela at Devika Ghat.
Greeting the people on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi, the ADC said that these festivals reflect the rich culture of our country and help in strengthening the bonds of communal harmony and brotherhood..
Lavasa appealed the people to maintain cleanliness on the banks of Holy Devika. ‘This year the historic Mela is being celebrated under the theme Swachh Bharat Mission and the mela site has also been declared as Polythene Free Zone’, she informed.
A large number of people thronged the mela and visited various stalls.
Cultural Programmes highlighting ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and reflecting the rich Dogra Culture were also organized by Information Department, Field Publicity Unit Udhampur, Song and Drama Division, GoI, NYK Udhampur and Youth Services and sports department. Among others, General Manager, DIC Angrez Singh, PO-DRDA Dr. Jagdish Chander Mehra, DIO Esha Chib, Assistant Director, Song and Drama Division, Baljit Singh, Tehsildar Javed Iqbal Rather besides members of Mela committee and prominent citizens attended the Mela.
REASI: Inaugurating Baisakhi festival at Dera Baba Banda Bahadur, Minister of State for Finance and Planning, Ajay Nanda today said that the festivals and historical places have great heritage value and could become an attraction for tourists.
The minister underscored the importance of reviving age old cultural celebrations at historical sites and said that such events unite people of all sections and spread message of universal brotherhood.
He said the Dera Baba shrine has huge potential to attract pilgrim tourists who visit Shiv Khori and Katra throughout the year. He said such kind of festivals if duly publicized could play a pivotal role to attract the visitors to heritage sites like this.
SAMBA: The minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash extended his wishes to the public on auspicious occasion of Baisakhi and anniversary of establishment of Khalsa panth by Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. He was addressing people after inauguration of the harvest festival, Baisakhi at Buddapur, Sarore.
Convenor Mela Committee,Tilak Raj and community members from Badhori, Najwal, Khadgal and other surrounding villages were also present on the occasion. Earlier, the Minister also took part in Baisakhi celebrations at Pindi, Gurha Salathia.
KATHUA: Underscoring the need to revive the tradition of celebrating festivals at historic places, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said Baisakhi is an important event of the region and all sections of the society join together in the festivities.
He said the jubilations have special importance for Billawar region, as the people here have been celebrating the day together since times immemorial. Dr Nirmal Singh was addressing people after inaugurating historical two day Baisakhi Festival at Billawar.
Highlighting historical importance of Billawar town, the Deputy Chief Minister said reference of the town is found in several historical chronicle of the sub-continent. “Owing to its historical importance, the area has vast tourism potential and the government has taken effective initiatives to tap it,” he said adding that the region is world famous for its religious tourism.
MLC, Pardeep Sharma, Vice Chairman of Kissan Advisory Board, Daljeet Singh Chib; DC Kathua, Ramesh Kumar; SSP Kathua, Pawan Parihar; ADC Kathua, ACD, BDOs, Tehsildars, XENs, other district officers and people in large numbers were present during the Baisakhi Mela.
SUNDERBANI: the festival of Baisakhi was celebrated at Beni Gala Sunderbani with religious fervor. The Ragi Jatha of Bhai Karnail Singh recited Gurbani Kirtan. In his address he asked the children and youths of the community to take Amrit and follow the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Prominent among those present on this occasion include Bahadur Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Budh Singh who organized the function.
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