Touted as the Sikh Olympics, it celebrates the martial prowess of the Sikhs, in which the Nihangs (translated to: army of god) take the lead. Celebrated a day after Holi, it was started by the tenth Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh to develop the martial spirit of Sikhs.
It is celebrated all across Punjab and in every place where you can find a sizeable number of Sikhs.
Mock battles with gatkas, swords, spears and lances are the highpoint of the festival. A military-style procession near Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib marks the end of the festival.
First Published: February 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM