Chandigarh: Devotees across Punjab and Haryana today thronged gurdwaras, including the Harmandir Sahib popularly called Golden Temple in Amritsar, to mark the festival of Baisakhi.
The festival, which commemorates the foundation day of the 'Khalsa Panth' (Sikh order) by the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, is celebrated on the start of the monsoon season.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh greeted Punjabis across the world on the sacred occasion of the Sajna Divas of the Khalsa Panth and Baisakhi, which symbolises the spirit of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat.
He also exhorted the people to uphold the centuries-old rich cultural heritage of Punjab,celebrate the historic festival in a spirit of brotherhood
The CM recalled that on this auspicious day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh created the 'Order of Khalsa' at the holy city of Sri Anandpur Sahib by baptising 'Panj Pyaras' (beloved ones) belonging to different castes.
The establishment of the Khalsa Panth marked the creation of an egalitarian society, while preaching the wisdom of compassion for mankind, along with communal harmony, he added.
Keeping in view the heavy rush of the devotees, the Chief Minister called for strict adherence to the Covid-19 safety norms as on the day of Baisakhi.
"Let us pray to Akalpurkh to keep us, and our Punjab, in the Charhdi Kala, to keep us safe and happy always," said the Chief Minister.