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 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 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.
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 Guru Nanak. 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.