Not many individuals might have heard of this over 300 12 months outdated competition in Anandpur Sahib, referred to as ‘Hola Mohalla’. Celebrated on the day after Holi, it’s a loopy grand competition of the Akali Nihangs, the unique warrior Sikhs, thought-about the private favorites of Guru Gobind Singh.
It was Guru Gobind Singh himself who had established this competition at Anandpur Sahib. It’s a day of poetry, prayers and show of martial expertise, together with equestrian expertise which the Nihangs are so good at.
I’ve at all times needed to go to this competition, however the month of March is stuffed with work. This 12 months, we determined to only go for it, and an invitation from a good friend in Una, Himachal Pradesh, solely helped.
Sadly not a lot data is obtainable on-line in a cohesive method about Hola Mohalla. In our makes an attempt to search for data, we missed some essential moments. However by and huge, that is the way it occurs:
Hola Mohalla is well known on the day after Holi. Discover the date of Holi, and it’s Hola Mohalla the subsequent day. Attain the historic Gurudwara of Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib, actually early within the morning, like perhaps 6/7am if you wish to take heed to the recital of Kirtans and Gurbani. Jathas (teams) of Nihangs stroll between Gurudwaras Lohgarh Sahib, Mata Jito Ji Gurudwara, Qila Fatehgarh Sahib and Keshgarh Sahib. Its an incredible photographic alternative. There are millions of devotees who pour in from in every single place on automobiles, tractors, vehicles, something… there’s a Langar (a group meal, designed to make sure folks from all walks of life sit and share a meal collectively), virtually each 30 meters, so that you don’t have to fret concerning the meals. For the equestrian show, head over to Charan Ganga Stadium on the Naina Devi Highway. It’s extra like an empty area. However attain early, many of the stuff is over by round 2 pm.
Having by no means been to my ancestral village in Punjab, a want has at all times been to make that journey occur some day. While at Anandpur Sahib, we took a little bit break on the Gurudwara Lohgarh Sahib, solely to find virtually my whole village people there, serving to out within the Langar service (Seva). What a pleasant coincidence. They recognised by grandfather and nice grand fathers and made us really feel actually particular, sat down with us over a meal and took care of our costly cameras whereas we chatted.
This 12 months was extra like a recce, and we plan to go extra ready the subsequent time.
Devotees pour into Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur SahibIndividuals come from in every single place in tractors and trolleys, vehicles, bikes and so forth to attend Hola Mohalla.Women assist out within the quite a few Langars unfold all around the city…Portrait of an aged gentleman at Keshgarh Sahib.Found this group of girls serving to out on the Langar at Gurudwara Lohgarh Sahib,. Seems all of them come from the identical village as me!A photograph-op with my village people…A typical Akali Nihang Singh at Hola MohallaJathas of Nihang Singhs marching between Gurudwaras, looking for blessings…On the equestrian and martial arts show the ambiance is intense and charged with adrenaline…We attempt to wade by way of the crowds to get a greater look, whereas ensuring we get the best gentle…Tent pegging. A wildly well-liked sport amongst the Nihang Singhs. The viewers needs to be cautious as one is standing within the crowd which adrenaline crammed horses plough by way of…The Nihang Singhs have been the fearless warriors spearheading battles with oppressive Mughals. The traditions of martial arts proceed.Then comes this loopy gifted Nihang Singh using three horses! On the Gurudwara Qila Anandgarh Sahib for a ‘Matha Teko’…Two Nihang Singhs look out in the direction of the holy metropolis of Anandpur Sahib from Gurudwara Qila Anandgarh Sahib
When to go to Hola Mohalla : The competition of Hola Mohalla takes place within the month of March at Anandpur Sahib, a day after the competition of Holi. Try the Holi date and Hola Mohalla is strictly the day after. In March the climate is scorching in the course of the day and funky at evening. Put together accordingly.
Tips on how to attain Anandpur Sahib: The closest airport is Chandigarh, or Ludhiana. One can take a practice to Anandpur Sahib as properly. We drove in.
The place to remain: There are various keep choices at Anandpur Sahib. E book them properly prematurely else they are going to be offered out. Try Anand At The Sutlej for luxurious camps by the river Sutlej, one of many 5 Rivers Of Punjab.
The rest? It’s a spiritual cultural gathering, costume modestly, don’t carry alcohol or cigarettes with you, and do carry lengthy lenses to your digital camera. And you might need to carry your personal water bottles. You’re welcome to seize a meal/snacks/tea and so forth at any of the langars. You’re additionally welcome to enter any of the Gurudwaras so long as you retain your head lined and footwear exterior.