The 527th marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh religion, was on Monday celebrated in this industrial town of Punjab with enthusiasm and traditional fervor.
Hundreds of devotees from all walks of life participated in a religious procession, which started from Gurudwara Dehra Sahib, where the marriage of Guru Nanak Dev was solemnized.
The holy book Guru Granth Sahib was placed in a palanquin where devotees showered flowers. The town was decorated on the occasion.
A police team led by Batala Senior Superintendent of Police Manminder Singh welcomed the procession outside the police headquarters here.
The representatives of various social, religious, non-government organisations and political parties also took part in the procession, he said.
Elaborate security arrangements were made to prevent any untoward incident and to maintain law and order, he said.
Community kitchens were put up at every locality along the procession route.
259 churches and institutes under protection after recent spate of attacks.