Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib on the occasion of Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru.
The Guru had spent 14 years of his early life at the place. Greeting the gathering, the chief minister said, “Guru Nanak Dev ji showed us the path of salvation by spreading the cult of devotion to God and message of love, compassion and spirituality among mankind.”
He said this was a matter of pride for him to be among people in the sacred land where Guru Nanak Dev ji spent the early years of his life.
“The first Guru s gave the golden sermon of hard work and community kitchen to the masses, which have played a pivotal role in uniting the people,” he said.
The annual kabaddi tournament was also organised at the Guru Nanak Stadium, where CM distributed prizes to the winners.
He said the state government was making every effort to promote sports in the state to channelise the energy of the youth in a constructive manner.
“Every year, the state government organises the World Kabaddi Cup, which helps enhance the popularity of this game across the globe,” he said.
Meanwhile, cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, Lok Sabha MP Ranjit Singh Brahampura, former minister Bibi Upinderjit Kaur, chief parliamentary secretary Som Parkash also attended the function.
The festival was celebrated with full religious and traditional fervor. A large number of devotees visited the gurdwara early morning to pay obeisance to the first Sikh Guru.