Thursday, March 08, 2007

Nihangs steal show at Hola Mohalla, Anandpur Sahib

Anandpur Sahib - The last day of the Hola Mohalla was dominated by Nihangs who displayed their martial art skills and later organised a procession here last evening. However, two Nihangs, Balwinder Singh of Dashmesh Tarna Dal, Sangrur, and Major Singh of Guru Nanak Tarna Dal, Batala, were seriously injured when their horses collided.
They were admitted to Civil Hospital here. One horse died in the mishap while the other suffered a leg facture.
The inflow of pilgrims continued on the last day and over 13 lakh devotees visited the town during the three-day festival.
The main attraction of the day was the procession by over 10,000 Nihangs wearing the traditional dresses and huge turbans astride 200 horses and elephants. The march began from Gurdwara Shaheedi Bag and the Nihangs were armed with swords, rifles, "katara" and "barcha". Small children and elderly Nihangs displayed magnificent skills on the streets.
Different groups of Nihangs included the Buddha Dal, Tarna Dal, 96 Krori Nihang Chhavni, Harianbelan Wale and others.
As the last day of festival coincided with Holi, the Nihangs also sprayed colours on the pilgrims standing along the roads. The devotees, besides standing all along the road, were also seen on roof tops.
Thousands of pilgrims also participated in another procession organised by the SGPC. Jathedar of Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Tarlochan Singh, were among those present.
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