Jammu/Srinagar, Jan 5: The winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday celebrated Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji with religious fervour and gaiety.
Attired in colourful dresses, members of the Sikh community, including women and children this morning, thronged Gurudwaras, religious congregations and offered special prayers on the occasion.
The main function here was held at Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chand Nagar, situated in the heart of the city.
Thousands of Sikhs from different parts of the city and outskirts visited the Gurudwara to join the prayers.
Meanwhile, special langar were also organised for the devotees in the Gurudwaras.
Similar celebrations functions were also organised in other Gurdwaras in Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra had also extended Gurpurab greetings to people and wished peace and prosperity in the state.
However, restrictions on traffic were imposed around the venue where main function was held while tight security arrangements were also made for incident free celebrations.
The Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji is one of the most important festivals of Sikh community.
The only son of ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur and Mata Gujri, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, the 10th Guru of Sikhism who laid down his own life and sacrificed his father, mother and sons for the sake of humanity and protection of right cause of community.
Ragi Jatha Bhai Baldev Singh Ji Vadala, Parcharak Bhai Jaswant Singh Ji Parwana, Ragi Jatha Bhai Mehtab Singh Ji-Jalandhar who were especially invited for the important occasion and recited Shabad Keertans that stressed on imbibing the higher values of life and communal harmony for which Guru Gobind Singh ji strived.
The Sikh community also submitted memorandum on the occasion to the dignitaries demanding setting up of Minority Commission, rehabilitation of refugees, alleged discrimination with Valley Sikhs, Anand Marriage Act, special package for rehabilitation of transport industry, setting up of Ansari Commission Report for 1989 Anti Sikh Riots.
Meanwhile the Gurupurab, the 351st birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was also celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region on Friday.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and leaders of other political parties besides All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) have greeted people on the occasion.
Braving chill members of the sikh community, including women and children, in colourful dresses were visiting Gurdwaras in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar since early on Friday morning.
However, the main congregation was held at Gurdwara Chatipadshahi, Rainawari on the foot hill of Kohi-e-Maran, where the shrine of Hazrat Mehboob-ul-Aalam and a Hindu temples are located.
Sikh devotees, including women and children, from different parts of the city and other parts of the valley throng the Gurdwara since early this morning when the minimum temperature was below freezing point.
The management of the Gurdwara had made all arrangements, including langar, for the devotees.
Similar congregations were also held in Gurdwaras at Jawahar Nagar, Sanant Nagar, Alochi Bagh and Mehjoor Nagar in the city.
Reports of special prayers being held were also received from Barammulla, Uri, Tral and other parts of the valley.
Guru Purab was also celebrated at Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region where special prayers were organized in Gurdwaras despite considerable chill.
The Chief Minister said Jammu & Kashmir has been an abode of communal harmony and these occasions strengthen the inter community bonds which she said is need of the hour.