SHOPIAN: Baisakhi festival was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in Shopian with many prayer functions and fairs held across the district today.
Gurdwaras were highly decorated and special prayers were offered by a large number of devotees at various places. Pertinently, the day also marks the birth of ‘Khalsa Panth’.
The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements for smooth conduct of the festival.
District Development Commissioner Shopian, Gazanfar Ali, who visited a Gurdwara to felicitate the Sikh brethren, said that Government has initiated necessary measures for undertaking the inclusive and sustained development of the district on an equitable basis.
A mela was also held showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the district including folk songs, dances, and devotional songs. People from all sections of society participated in the procession in their traditional attires depicting the varied culture of the district.
Meanwhile District Development Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik visited Mattan and congratulated the Sikh community on the occasion of Baisakhi.
The DDC said that historical Mattan presents a true picture of secularism, where people from all the communities live with love and brotherhood.
Earlier, the DDC had instructed the concerned officers for facilitating and provisioning of different services to the Sikh community for the celebration of the festival.