Impressive ‘Nagar Kirtan’ taken out to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s Parkash Purab

Impressive ‘Nagar-Kirtan’ being taken out amidst bone-chilling cold in Jammu on the eve of Gurpurab on Monday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Impressive ‘Nagar-Kirtan’ being taken out amidst bone-chilling cold in Jammu on the eve of Gurpurab on Monday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 30: An impressive `Nagar- Kirtan’ was taken out in the winter capital city today by the Sikh community members and other people in connection with the forthcoming Parkash Purab of 10th Guru of Sikhs, Sri Guru Gobind Singhji Maharaj, who laid down his own life and sacrificed his parents 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, Jammu in the morning around 10.30 am and despite bone chilling cold and dense fog, thousands of people participated in the grand religious procession.

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The ‘Shobha- Yatra’ after marching through Swami Vivekanand Chowk, Gumat Crossing, Dogra Chowk, Bikram Chowk, Asia Hotel, Green Belt Park Gandhi Nagar, Govt Hospital- Gandhi Nagar Road, Gole Market, Shivaji Chowk and Khalsa Chowk funally culminated at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, Nanak Nagar, Jammu.
‘Nagar- Kirtan’ was taken out under the supervision of Mahant Manjeet Singh from Shiromani Dera Nangali Sahib Poonch. He himself led the the Nagar- Kirtan and blessed the devotees.
On this occasion, people of all colours and creed participated in which noted preachers like- Dr Roop Singh (general secretary of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar), Harpreet Singh of Amritsar, Harbinder Singh (Incharge Sikh Mission, J&K), Panthak Kavi Sulakhan Singh Arshi of Jammu, Ranjeet Singh Khalsa of Yamuna Nagar, Bhagat Singh Bir of Jagadhari, Harbhajan Singh of Nahal (Jalandhar) and Davinder Kour of Jammu recited Gurvani 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 enroute.The Sikh youth displayed martial art (Ghatka) enroute and showed many feats during the `Nagar- Kirtan’. A large number of devotees were sweeping the road along Nagar-Kirtan route.
To greet the Nagar Kirtan, the shopkeepers and other associations enroute 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 `Nagar- Kirtan’ and the traffic was also diverted from the procession routes to other routes. But even then massive traffic jam was crearted at many places across the city during the day. The people got struck for long in the traffic jam.
Nagar Kirtan was organised by the District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu led by its president Jagjeet Singh and J&K Gurdwara Parbandhak Board chairman T S Wazir. They congratulated the devotees on the occasion and asked them to follow the teachings of great Guru. They said Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj saved the humanity and spread the message of love, equality and worship among whole world. They also appealed to the Sikh Sangat to participate in large number in the Gurupurab Samagam at Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Chand Nagar, Jammu on January 2 from 10.00 AM to 4.30 PM.
Various Sikh organizations of J&K, schools children also participated in the Nagar Kirtan. Senior Congress leader and former Minister Raman Bhalla and other prominent religious Sikh personalities also participated in Shobha Yatra. Prominent among others who participated included Sudershan Singh Wazir, chairman Sikh United Front, Kuldeep Singh vice president DGPC Jammu , Harjinder Singh Raina former secretary DGPC Jammu , Darbinder Singh, Mohinder Singh, Raja Singh, Mohinder Singh, Surinder Singh Kala, Prof Youdhvir Singh and Paramjeet Singh.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders led by the J&K president Ravinder Raina and former MLC, Vikram Randhawa today welcomed ‘Nagar Kirtan’ being organized on the eve of Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Govind Singh at Gandhi Nagar. They welcomed the Shobha Yatra distributed refreshment among the participants.
Raina said that the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh are most relevant in the modern times. He said that Guru Gobind Singh was a symbol of courage and sacrifice who fought enemy tooth and nail. He said that Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed his entire family but did not gave up his commitment to fight against the evil. “We should follow the footsteps of Guru Gobind Singh in making sacrifices for others,” he added.
Earlier, the Provincial president joined thousands of devotees in the Nagar- Kirtan, which was greeted by thousands of people on both side of the road by showering flower petals.
Accompanied by senior party leader including Rattan Lal Gupta, Trilochan Singh Wazir, Rachpal Singh, Babu Ram Pal,  Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal and others, the Provincial president said such auspicious occasions form core of our composite pluralistic culture and rich heritage. This spirit is needed to be sustained, promoted and bequeathed to generations for harmonious growth of the humanity, he added.