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Golden Temple illuminated, less Fireworks this year to mark the ‘Bandi Chhor Diwas’ and Diwali

The festival spirit for Diwali could also be seen in Chandigarh and towns and cities in Haryana

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Amritsar, October 30, 2016: The Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, ‘Harmandar Sahib’ is located, was illuminated on Sunday and fireworks display took place to mark the ‘Bandi Chhor Diwas’ and Diwali.

There was festive spirit at the shrine complex in this Sikh holy city as tens of thousands of people came here to offer prayers and seek blessings.

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With millions of lights around, the whole complex presented an attractive look.

However, due to environmental and pollution concerns, the fireworks display by the shrine management was a reduced one.

“We had less fireworks this year due to pollution concerns. But all traditional and religious rituals were followed. There were concerns about damage to the sanctum sanctorum and other buildings from chemicals of fireworks,” said a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) official.

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The domes, buildings and floors of the shrine complex were cleaned for the festive occasion.

The shrine complex wore a new look on the outside as the whole market and residential area around the shrine has been renovated and given a fresh look.

“Dal roti ghar di, Diwali Amritsar di (food from home and Diwali of Amritsar) is the popular saying. Lakhs of people have come to mark the occasion. There is festive spirit,” said SGPC member Manjit Singh.

The day is celebrated in Sikh religion as ‘Bandi Chhor Diwas’ (prisoner liberation day) as on this day in 1619, the sixth guru of Sikhs, Guru Hargobind, returned to Amritsar after being released along with 52 princes by Mughal Emperor Jahangir from Gwalior prison.

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The guru and the princes arrived in Amritsar during Diwali festivities. Since then, the Bandi Chhor Diwas and Diwali celebrations coincide at the Golden Temple complex.

Elsewhere in Punjab, markets wore a festive look on the occasion of Diwali. Hundreds of people thronged various markets in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and other towns.

The festival spirit for Diwali could also be seen in Chandigarh and towns and cities in Haryana. (IANS)

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Firework is not good for environment and for health……there should be total ban on firework

  • Shivam Thaker

    It is uplifting to know that while some parts of our country are ignorant when it comes to festivals and environmental concerns, some of us are still cautious enough to enjoy without polluting our motherland.

  • Shivani Vohra

    It’s great to celebrate Bandi Chhor Diwas along with Diwali in such a beautiful way.

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Delhi’s Air Quality Leads To Ban On Trucks And Construction

The measures include a ban on industries using coal and biomass, brick kilns, construction activities and entry of trucks into Delhi.

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With no improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR even three days after Diwali, the environment authority on Saturday extended the ban on the entry of trucks, construction and polluting industries.

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Saturday ordered the Delhi government to extend the ban which was imposed on November 2.

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The restrictions imposed till November 10 were extended to November 12, by when there will be an improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, as forecast by pollution monitoring agencies.

The restrictions were imposed by the EPCA under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Delhi’s air quality started deteriorating a day after Diwali to “severe-plus” or “emergency” due to fireworks and weather conditions like wind speed and dipping mercury, leading to lower dispersion rate of pollutants. The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday was 401 or “severe”.

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“The CPCB-headed task force has informed EPCA that given the prevailing adverse conditions, the following measures will remain until November 12, when it will further review the situation and inform us,” said EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal, in a letter to Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the Delhi Environment Secretary and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

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The measures include a ban on industries using coal and biomass, brick kilns, construction activities and entry of trucks into Delhi. The restrictions exclude power plants and waste to energy plants. (IANS)