CHANDIGARH, APRIL 13: On the joyous occasion of Baisakhi, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Shri Banwari Lal Purohit extended warmest felicitations and good wishes to all Punjabis living in country and abroad.

In a message, Shri Purohit said that Baisakhi has multi-faceted importance. It marks the beginning of the harvest season heralding happiness and prosperity. It is also an occasion to remember with gratitude about the contribution of our farmers to the progress of the nation.

The Governor further said that this auspicious occasion has a special significance in the glorious history of Sikhism, as on this day in 1699, the 10th Guru of Sikhs, Sri Guru Gobind Singh founded the ‘Order of Khalsa’ to fight against the tyranny of the Mughals.

Shri Purohit further said that this day also marked a watershed in our freedom movement in 1919. Many known and un-known martyrs sacrificed their lives on this day, in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar. This massacre gave a great impetus to the freedom movement.

May this festival strengthen our resolve to contribute to the nation’s progress and usher prosperity and happiness for all in the year ahead, added the Governor.