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Holla Mohalla 2009 in Pictures

Gurinder Singh Mann, PHN, March 17, 2009

Hola Mohalla the war festival of the Nihangs is celebrated during the month of March,
marking the festivities congregations of Sikh devotees converge from all over India and
abroad.The festival is based on the historic mock battles devised by the Tenth Guru of the
Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.

Nihang, or Sikh warrior, Major Singh, left, wears a 425-metre long turban as he
talks to a young Nihang during celebrations of "Hola Mohalla" at Anandpur Sahib
in the northern Indian state of Punjab on March 11, 2009.

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A Sikh cleans a huge pan during celebrations of "Hola Mohalla" at Anandpur
Sahib in the northern Indian state of Punjab on March 11, 2009.

Nihangs, or Sikh warriors, apply coloured powder to each other during celebrations
of "Hola Mohalla" at Anandpur Sahib in the northern Indian state of Punjab on
March 11, 2009.

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A Young Sikh breathes fire at the Holla Mohalla festival.

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