The sky above the Golden Temple today glittered with variegated lights as the devotees came together to celebrate the 352nd Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) is revered by the Sikh community as he founded the 'Khalsa Panth', the warrior Sikh community, at Anandpur Sahib in 1699.
The Golden Temple, today, witnessed long queues of devotees who waited for hours to offer their prayers. The holiest of Sikh shrine 'Harmandir Sahib', popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar was decorated with special lighting.
Heavy rush of devotees was seen at the Takht Keshgarh Sahib Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib town, since early Sunday morning. It was at this place that Guru Gobind Singh founded the 'Khalsa Panth'.
Tight security arrangements were made around all leading Sikh shrines in Punjab in view of recent terror-related incidents in the state. At the Golden Temple complex, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) task force members and volunteers kept a strict vigil inside the shrine complex.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin on Guru Gobind Singh on Sunday to mark the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru. The Prime Minister also addressed a select gathering on the occasion at his residence, a statement from his office said.
PM Modi had attended 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh in Patna on January 5, 2017.