India celebrates Baisakhi festival
New Delhi, April 13: India is celebrating the festival of rich harvest in various forms in different parts of the country namely- Baisakhi, Vishu, Rongali Bihu, Viashkhadi, Puthandu Pirappu, Maha Vishuba Sankranti and Naba Barsha.
Chanting prayers, around 1,430 Sikh pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan to participate in the Baisakhi Festival at Gurdwara Hasan Abdal in Rawalpindi district of Pakistan's Punjab province in three special trains from the international Attari railway station. The main event will be held on April 14. They would return to India by train on April 21.
Here are some pics that show how colourful is the Baisakhi festival:
Baisakhi is a harvest festival celebrated in north Indian states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in April
College students performing Bhangra, Punjabi folk dance as they take part in Baisakhi festival celebrations at a wheat farm on the outskirts of Amritsar city.
Baisakhi festival celebrations
Students of BBK DAV College performing Bhangra, as they take part in Baisakhi festival celebrations at a wheat farm on the outskirts of Amritsar city.
Students performing Bhangra
Students performing Bhangra, as they take part in Baisakhi festival celebrations.
Baisakhi celebration in Patiala
Women of a club celebrating Baisakhi festival in Patiala.
Baisakhi celebration in Jalandhar
Youths in traditional attire celebrating Baisakhi festival in Jalandhar.
Sikh wave from a bus as they leave to board a special Pakistan-bound pilgrimage train to celebrate Baisakhi
Some 1,430 Sikh devotees on Wednesday arrived at Gurdwara Hasan Abdal in Rawalpindi district of Pakistan's Punjab province via Wagah Border on three special trains.
Sikh devotees shout religious slogans as they leave to board a special pilgrimage train bound for Pakistan
The main event will be held on April 14. The Sikhs would also visit Gurdwara Janamesthan Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Sacha Soda in Farooqabad, Gurdwara Kartarpur Narowal and Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore.
In Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 15,000 devotees paid their obeisance at ancient Subar Nag temple in Bhaderwah of Doda district.