Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, which marks the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, said the 10th Sikh guru's bravery is etched in the heart of every Indian.
"Guru Gobind Singhji was blessed with indomitable courage and tremendous knowledge. His bravery is etched in the heart and mind of every Indian," Modi said before leaving for Patna to participate in the Prakash Parv commemorating the 350th birth anniversary of the Sikh guru.
On Wednesday, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of Patna to oversee arrangements for the ongoing Prakash Parv to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, for which lakhs of devotees from across the world have arrived.
Kumar took an aerial view of three tent cities located at Gandhi Maidan, Bypass and Kangana ghat where Sikh devotees are staying during the 350th Prakash Parv.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi paid obeisance to Guru Gobind Singh, hailing him for fighting against injustice, tyranny and social differences.
"Guru Gobind Singh ji was not only creator of the gracious Khalsa but was a renowned spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher. He sacrificed his entire life at the altar of safeguarding the rights of underprivileged," Gandhi said in a statement.
"He fought against injustice, tyranny and social differences. It is a day to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of equality,..of leading an honest, truthful and virtuous life continues to guide and inspire entire humanity," she added.
Delhi government offices will remain closed on Thursday as Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved holiday to mark the occasion.
Since he took charge, it is perhaps the first proposal of the Delhi government that Anil Baijal's office has approved.
Earlier this week, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had gone to Patna to pay obeisance at Takht Harmandir Sahib.
Kejriwal's Patna visit during 'Prakash Parv' assumed significance as his party is eyeing to do well in Punjab Assembly election to be held on 4 February.
The birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru is being celebrated across the country with special festivities lined up in Patna Sahib where he was born.