Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Punjab celebrates Basakhi; navratras begin today

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday greeted Punjabis across the world on the sacred occasion of the Sajna Divas of the ‘Khalsa Panth’ and ‘Baisakhi’, which symbolizes the spirit of Punjab, Punjabi & Punjabiat.

In a message on the eve of Baisakhi, Captain Amarinder Singh reminded the people of the centuries-old rich cultural heritage of Punjab, and exhorted them to uphold those traditions.

He recalled that on this auspicious day in 1699, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs, created the ‘Order of Khalsa’ at the holy city of Sri Anandpur Sahib by baptizing ‘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 said.

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Captain Amarinder Singh said that this festival also marks the onset of the harvest season and the ripening of crops.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister called upon the people to celebrate this historic festival in a spirit of brotherhood but with strict adherence to the Covid-19 safety norms as this is a different Baisakhi.

Meanwhile, Hindus acroos the country began the first navratra with graet fervour. Mansa devi navratra fair began on Tuesday amid rising covid cases in the district.

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As covid precautions, the administration has stated that compulsory masks, e-tokens will be required to enter the temple premises.

As many as 15 police check posts have been set up in the way leading up to the entry. “Police has been deployed everywhere to keep an eye on any unwanted activity during the fair. Policemen in plain clothes have also been deployed to monitor the following of covid protocols at the fair. Apart from this, a police control room has also been built to assist during the Mansa Devi fair,” said DCP Mohit Handa.

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