Thousands of devotees thronged various historic gurdwaras of Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib, including Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib here, to pay obeisance on the first day of the second phase of the historic annual Hola Mohalla festival which began on Wednesday.
The first phase of the celebrations at Kiratpur Sahib concluded on Tuesday. A sea of humanity could be seen at Anandpur Sahib as devotees are pouring in the town from all parts of the state and country, and even abroad, in every available vehicle, including trucks, tractor-trolleys and buses, to participate in the celebrations. The devotees are also taking a holy dip in the sarovar of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib.
A large number of community kitchens have been organised in Anandpur Sahib and on all the roads leading to the town by various organisations and villagers.
Religious diwans have also begun at Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib and various other places in the town, which have been beautifully decorated.
The district administration and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have made elaborate arrangements for the devotees. Also, security has been tightened.
Deputy commissioner Tanu Kashyap inaugurated the exhibition on Wednesday, depicting development activities in various departments of the state government.
The Shiromani Akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will hold their political conferences on March 5. However, the Congress is not organising its conference this time.
Competitions in gatka, polo, volleyball and wrestling also began in the town on Wednesday.