Several Sikhs today paid obeisance in the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandhar Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, here on the occasion of birth anniversary of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev.

Devotees queued up to pay obeisance in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple since morning and at Akal Takht (Highest Sikh Temporal Seat).

Before paying obeisance in the Golden Temple, the devotees took holy dip in the sacred tank of Temple at the marbled periphery with the belief that that holy dip would wash away their all bad deeds of previous births.

According to the management of Golden Temple, a sum of Rs 1.5 crore has been counted here today, which was offered by the Sikh devotees while paying obeisance.

Special arrangements to facilitate the devotees were made by the management of the Golden Temple. Langar Community Kitchen) was cooked for nearly four lakhs devotees.

Heavy task force of Shiromani Gurdwara Pharbandhak Committee (SGPC) was deployed in the periphery of the Golden Temple to provide sense of security in the minds of the visiting devotees.

The founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469 at Nankana Sahib (now in Pakistan’s Punjab province), where nearly 2000 Sikh pilgrims were already there to observe the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak with great religious fervor and devotion from India.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, accompanied by his wife Surinder Kaur paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum and performed langar sewa at Golden Temple.

Greeting the people on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s birth anniversary, Badal described Guru Nanak as an apostle of piece and tolerance and added that his teaches will continue to inspire generations, leading them to the path of righteousness and brotherhood.