Hola Mohalla 2011 Celebration at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab
Hola Mohalla is the Sikh name in the state of punjab what is known as Holi in the rest of India. Hola Mohalla Festival at Anandpur Sahib (birth place of the Khalsa in 1699 A.D) is a Sikh martial arts festival celebrated, a day after Holi. The purpose is to strengthen Sikh community for military exercises and mock battles which was originated by Guru Gobind Singh. As per lunar Nanakshahi Calendar of Sikhs this festival marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year.
Hola Mohalla Anandpur Sahib turns to be a three days grand festival where there will be exhibitions, mock battles, display of weapons which is followed by competitions on music and poetry. Anandpur Sahib retains an air of festive piety by religious lectures, kirtis performed at Darbars in the presense of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Hola Mohalla - Sikh Martial Arts Parade Anandpur Sahib Punjab
It is indeed a spectacular event to watch out the Hola Mohalla procession of Nihangas on horses and elephants carrying shining swords, and various weapons and their procession starts from the Nihangs headquarters passing through various gurdwaras like Gurudwara Qila Anandgarh Sahib reaches the Holgarh fort a historical fort of Anandpur Sahib. The Nihangs march to the sandy bed of Charan Ganga and there the martial games like tent pegging, ridding, sword wielding will be demonstrated and their demonstrating skills in using the sword is the highlights of Hola Mahalla celebration which is watched out by thousands of people. The daring stunts performed by Nihang Sikhs proves there skills and traditions to the visitors and tourist of Anandpur Sahib and also creates awareness of the Sikh heritage.
When is Hola Mohalla 20ll?
The Sikh festival Hola Mohalla usually falls in the month of March celebrated on the first day of the lunar month of Chet. Hola Mohalla 2011 date is on 20th March.
How to Reach Anandpur Sahib for Hola Mohalla Festival?
Hola Mohalla Live from Anandpur Sahib
Those who are not able to make their visit to Anandpur Sahib can watch out Hola Mohalla live from Anandpur Sahib on Zee Punjabi a special telecast 'Khalse de Rang' to cover the colourful festival events. There will be a number of discussions and issues on sikhism will be telecasted. There will be devotional show named 'Ekonkar' which teleast various bulletins on Sikh festival at various intervals at 5Am, 8Am, 1PM, 7.30PM between 18th March and 20th March 2011. For your convenience there will be a Hola Mohalla 2011 special bulletin which will be telecasted at 8.00 PM daily which covers the stories through the day on the special festival event.