Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay

By Amrinder Singh & Inderjit Singh Takhar

The origins of the Holla Mohalla were laid in A.D 1701 by Guru Gobind Singh. The festival is three days of incredible celebrations, displays of military skill and beautiful kirtan. The streets of Anandpur Sahib are overflown with people from across the world, who come together to partake in the incredibly historic and colorful festivities. We have put together a selection of images taken at previous Holla Mohallas by photographer Amrinder Singh which offer a glimpse into what Holla Mohalla is like at the heart of Anandpur Sahib.

Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
Local Sikhs posing for a photo as the festivities for the day begin.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
Sikhs from Punjab’s villages and towns make their way to Anandpur Sahib in all modes of transportation including tractor trolleys.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
Nihang Singhs gallantly striding across the fields of Anandpur Sahib after an eventful and colorful day.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
Thousands came from all across Punjab, India and the World to the fields of Anandpur Sahib. They found seats where ever they could to get a view of the extraordinary horsemanship displayed by the Nihang Singhs.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
A Nihang Singh gracefully riding his horse through the bustling streets of Anandpur Sahib.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
A young Sikh man showing off his impressive skills on horseback.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
A young Sikh woman enjoying and participating in the festivities.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
Sikhs showing their skills on horseback as rows of spectators watch, unfazed by the galloping horses only a few feet away.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
An Elephant making its way through the street of Anandpur Sahib and eventually to the fields where the day’s festivities are set to begin.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
Nihang Singh strikes a pose
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
A beautiful Sikh shield worn by a Nihang Singh.
Photo by Amrinder Singh
Holla Mohalla, Three Days of Honoring Tradition – A Photo Essay
A beautiful Sikh family enjoying the festivities.
Photo by Amrinder Singh

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Amrinder Singh

Amrinder Singh’s love for photography has taken him around the world. He has traveled across India, China, Spain and the Americas taking beautiful photos of spectacular sceneries, historic landmarks and amazing people. He is a Bay Area resident and an engineer working at Amazon’s Lab 126. He hopes to continue to travel and photograph the amazing wonders of the world. If you would like see more of Amrinder Singh’s photography please click the link below.

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