JAMMU, Jan 2: An impressive religious rally was taken out in the winter capital city here by the members of Sikh community and others to mark the Gurpurab celebrations today.
The grand ‘Nagar Kirtan’ was organized jointly by the State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board, District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu and many other Sikh organisations to celebrate the forthcoming Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, the 10th Guru of Sikhism who laid down his own life and sacrificed his father, mother and sons for the sake of humanity and protection of right cause of community.
The ‘Nagar Kirtan’ started from Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chand Nagar (Lower Gumat), Jammu, and after marching through Swami Vivekanand Chowk, Gumat Crossing, Dogra Chowk, Bikram Chowk, Asia Crossing, Green Belt Park Gandhi Nagar, Govt Hospital Gandhi Nagar Road, Gole Market, Shiva Chowk, Khalsa Chowk and finally culminated at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, Nanak Nagar, Jammu. Guru Granth Sahib was mounted on a highly decorated chariot where ‘holy man’ (priest) was sitting and chanting Gurvani Path. Besides women, students of various schools in uniform also participated in this annual Shobha Yatra.
Mahant Manjeet Singh Ji- head priest Shiromani Dera Nangali Sahib Poonch/ Digiana Ashram, Jammu participated in the `Nagar Kirtan’ and blessed the devotees.
A large number of devotees participated from various parts of Jammu, RS Pura, Miran Sahib, Akhnoor and other areas in the Nagar Kirtan. On the occasion, people of all colours and creed participated in which Parcharak -Bhai Harjinder Singh Manjhi, Kavishar Bhai Baldev Singh Sabra, Panthak Kavi Bhai Balbir Singh Bal Morinda, Kavi Pandit Sushil Kumar Aman-Ropar, Parcharak Bhai Harmeet Singh -Makhanpur Simbal, Parcharak Bhai Gurmeet Singh -Preet Nagar, Jammu participated and recited the poetry and threw light on the history, life and teachings of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj.
A large number of people from Hindu community also paid their obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib en route and offered water and other eatables to the members of the Nagar Kirtan. The Sikh youth played Ghatka enroute and showed many feasts during the Nagar Kirtan. A large number of devotees were sweeping the road where from the Nagar Kirtan proceeded.
To greet the Nagar Kirtan the shopkeepers and Associations en- route had erected welcome gates. Besides, the stalls serving food items fruits, water and juice to participants were also installed at various places by the people to serve the devotees who had taken part in Nagar Kirtan.
The authorities had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth passage of Nagar Kirtan and the traffic was also diverted from the old existing routes to the others. Due to mismanagement on some city routes, massive traffic jams were created and the Traffic Police failed to regulate the traffic.
The proceedings of ‘Nagar Kirtan’ was conducted by the general secretary of District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu, Avtar Singh Khalsa.
TS Wazir, chairman, State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board (SGPB) Jammu-Kashmir extended gratitude to the administration and all the departments who gave their co-operation for arrangement of Nagar Kirtan. He further said that it was only Guru Gobind Singh Ji who gave the equal right of livelihood to every human being with honour and dignity. His sacrifices cannot be equalized in this universe at any level.
Jagjit Singh, president, District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu congratulated the devotees and said that Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj saved the humanity and spread the message of love and equality in the world. He appealed the Sangat for the participation in the Gurupurab function Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chand Nagar, Jammu on January 5 from 10 am onwards. Similar, Nagar Kirtan was taken out in Samba also by the community members.
Meanwhile, National Conference Provincial president, Devinder Singh Rana and another senior party leader TS Wazir greeted the people and joined thousands of devotees during a grand Nagar Kirtan at Gandhinagar here, organised as a part of celebrations of Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs. Senior Congress leader and former Minister Raman Bhalla served the eatables and drinks to the devotees during Shobha Yatra at a stall at Gandhinagar. He also joined the Nagar Kirtan.