Anandpur Sahib is the holy city of Sikhs and a municipal council in Rupnagar district in the state of Punjab. Anandpur Sahib was founded in the year 1665 by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, near the ruins of an ancient place, Makhowal. Anandpur Sahib is one of the most important shrines of the Sikhs. The historic Gurudwara witnessed the birth of the Khalsa 300 years ago and has continued to be the venue for significant religious and political gatherings. Anandpur Sahib comes to life every year on the occasion of Hola Mohalla. This tradition dates back to the times of the 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh. Each year, Hola Mohalla marks the congregation of up to 1,00,000 devotees from all over the country for a festival of colour and gaiety.