One of the episodes in the series on Mega kitchens of India on the National Geographic channel featured the festival of Hola Mohalla celebrated at Anandpur Sahib. Ever since I watched it, I have wanted to see the place since we lived about 120 kms from there. My husband does not like to go to crowded places as a result making a trip during the festival was out of the question. I decided to settle for a visit to the place during the off season. I have included the link to the episode in this blog.
Anandpur Sahib in Rupnagar district (aka Ropar) of Punjab, India is also known as “the holy City of Bliss”. Located on the lower ranges of the Himalayas, it is one of the Sikhs’ most important sacred places replete with their religious traditions and history.It is surrounded by picturesque natural beauty near the river Sutlej.
The community kitchen feeds all visitors/pilgrims and no one is turned away hungry. It was a simple meal of chapattis, vegetables and dal.
The place is continuously cleaned using a big mop/ wiper. People sit on mats on the floor to eat. The food is hot and fresh.
Water and tea was dispensed not using kettles or jugs but from a big drum mounted on wheels with a tap. The tap was opened and closed using a handle similar to the brake system of a bicycle.
Anandpur Sahib comes to life every year on the occasion of Hola Mohalla. Celebrated during the festival of colours, Holi ,this tradition dates back to the times of the 10th SikhGuru,Guru Gobind Singh. This festival showcases the martial spirit of the Sikh. Each year Hola Mohalla marks the congregation of up to 5000000 devotees from all over the country for a festival of colour and gaiety.The fair lasts for three days.
Once Upon a Time
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