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Baba Bakala Festival Amritsar Punjab

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Date

Dates

Start Date: 18-04-2021 End Date:    18-04-2021
Location

Location

Amritsar, Punjab

Partake in local Punjabi traditions.

Partake in local Punjabi traditions.

India is a conglomeration of 28 states and 8 union territories. From north to south and east to west, all you see in the country is an assortment of cultures, faiths and rituals. Everyone walking on the street represents a different school of thought or a sect of people. No one is the same and yet everyone lives together in harmony and peace. And that is what makes it such a wonderful and unique country. One of the many festivals celebrated in India, particularly in Amritsar, Punjab, is the Baba Bakala festival.

Overview
Overview

Baba Bakala festival is celebrated every year at the Holy shrine or Gurdwara of Baba Bakala, in the region of Bakala in Amritsar in Punjab to honour the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. At the time of the festival, the Gurdwara is beautifully decorated. Thousands of locals and tourists visit the shrine every single day to worship and pay tribute to the Guru.

Legend

It is said that after the death of Guru Hargobind Singh, there was widespread speculation over the next Guru. It is believed that Makhan Shah Lubhana was stuck in a storm and promised to pay 500 Dinars to a Guru in the region of Bakala if he were rescued. Once he was out of the difficult situation, as promised, he went to Bakala to donate the dinars. He was, however, met with many pretending to be the Guru. He decided to donate a little to all those people and out of them all; there was just one who asked him to stay true to his words and donate 500 dinars. It was then discovered that this man, due to his spiritual devotion, was the next Guru, known as Guru Tegh Bahadur. Since the 9th Guru was revealed in Bakala, he came to be known as Baba Bakala and the Gurdwara was built to honour him for years to come. Many devotees and visitors go their quite often to worship.

The Festival
The Festival

During the festival, which is observed in the month of March every single year, thousands flock to the Gurdwara to pray to Guru Tegh Bakala or Baba Bakala. It is an extremely pious and festive occasion for the Sikhs. They offer sacrifices along with food and flowers and pray for blessings and good fortune. The shrine is decorated quite splendidly with lights and colours. Devotees sing songs and hymns in honour of Guru Tegh Bahadur, and there are many traditional dance performances. It is believed that many engage in charity and offer food, clothing and other useful items to beggars and those in need, as a means of earning the Guru’s blessings. A practice traditional of all Gurdwaras, Langar, is observed every day, especially during the festival. People of all kinds sit on the floor and eat food together, symbolizing equality.

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