COVID-19 Test Mandate Revoked: Hola Mohalla festival at Sri Anandpur Sahib to be held with traditional Sikh spirit

Holla Mohalla festival is being held with traditional Sikh spirit and concept of Miri-Piri (religion and politics) at Sri Anandpur Sahib, birth place of Khalsa Panth, in the last week of March as the administration has revoked its decision of making COVID-19 test report mandatory for all the devotees aspiring to take part in the Hola Mohalla celebrations.

After facing wrath of sangat and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sonali Giri withdrew the order and issued a modified order, as per which, the compulsion will be applicable for only the devotees coming from abroad. Administration officials said mandatory sampling of all those putting up at hotels in the vicinity would be conducted. After the restrictions were lifted partially, the Sikh devotees are preparing to reach Khalsa’s birth place.

The fair will be held from March 24 to 29 at Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib.

Following discussions with the SGPC members on Saturday, SGPC president Jagir ‘Kaur’ said, “The programmes of Hola Mohalla would be held with Khalsai Jaho-Jalal like every year”.

She asked the governments to not create confusions on the festival. She clarified that on the occasion of Hola Mohalla, the Rupnagar district administration has made the Covid-19 test mandatory only for international pilgrims.


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