Amritsar: Devout Sikhs participated in a 'Nagar Kirtan' procession and sang hymns here on the occasion of the 337th death anniversary of the ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur.
A large number of Sikh devotees gathered at the Golden Temple in Amritsar to celebrate the festival with great aplomb and fervour.
A grand procession was taken out by the devotees from the Golden Temple where the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, was placed on a palanquin and was led around the city.
Hundreds of devotees along with several local artistes and schoolchildren participated in the procession in order to make it more memorable and colourful.
"The ninth leader of the Sikhs Tegh Bahadur had sacrificed his life at Delhi for the sake of Hindu religion. On his remembrance, this 'Nagar Kirtan' (ceremonial procession) has been carried out. The procession starts from the Golden Temple and then travels around the city. All the Sikhs and other devotees participate in the procession. Whenever such an event takes place then all the devotees come over in large numbers and take part in it," said a Sikh devotee Manmohan Singh.
Tegh Bahadur, was the ninth Guru (leader) of the Sikhs and was one of the most prominent leaders in Sikh history.
He is famous to have made long journeys to places such as Kashmir and Assam in the country to preach the tenets of the first Sikh Guru, Nanak Sahib.
He was executed in the city of Delhi on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after he refused to embrace Islam.
His son Guru Gobind Singh, the last Guru of the Sikhs, transformed the community into a martial race to counter the might of the Mughals.
Sikhs have been celebrating this annual event for generations. Earthen lamps are lit outside gurdwaras and sweets distributed among all.
Golden Temple, also known as Harminder Sahib, the most important Sikh shrine in the world was illuminated for few days on this occasion.