Amritsar: It is always said, Dal roti ghar ki, Diwali Amritsar ki, (There's nothing like food cooked at home but nothing compares celebrating Diwali at Amritsar)
Diwali celebrations in most households begin with Lakshmi pooja, but not many know that the Sikh community celebrates the day as Bandhi Chor Diwas.
History traces these Diwali celebrations way back to the 17th century when the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind secured the release of not only himself; but 56 other kings as well.
They all had been imprisoned at the Gwalior Fort during the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir. And, on this day the Guru and the Kings returned to Amritsar to a glorious welcome.
A number of religious gatherings are organized to mark this historical day in Sikh history by Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden temple) apart from arranging for community meals as well.
”Diwali is celebrated at a large scale here .There's nothing like food cooked at home but nothing compares celebrating Diwali at Amritsar,” says, a devotee, Sunny Singh.
While crackers spread the light, bandhi chor diwas spreads the message of Guru Hargobind Singh to help those struck by poverty and injustice.