JAMMU, Jan 3: An impressive ‘Nagar- Kirtan’ was taken out with great enthusiasm and religious fervour by the members of Sikh community on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, in the winter capital city here today.
A large number of members of Sikh community including women and children and students from various schools, clad in uniforms assembled at Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Chand Nagar (Lower Gumat) in the morning. The Gurdwara was highly decorated by the District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DGPC) Jammu and State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board members led by TS Wazir.
The members from DGPC Jammu and Ragi Jathas and preachers from various parts of the region and other States also participated in the Shobha Yatra/ Nagar Kirtan, in connection with the Gurpurab being celebrated on January 5.
The Holy Guru Granth Sahib was mounted and placed at a highly decorated chariot/ vehicle (Rath), fitted with loud speakers. The high priest and other religious preachers were chanting Gurvani Path. Many school children well dressed in their uniforms were adding colours to the long procession.
‘Panj Piaras’ of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, clad in traditional dress of warriors were leading the procession, moving ahead of the chariot. Several Sikh youth displayed their marshal art skills which remained main attraction for the general public.
The grand religious procession started at around 11 am from Gumat and after passing though Dogra Chowk, Tawi Bridge, Asia Crossing, Green Belt Gandhi Nagar and Gole Market, finally culminated at Nanak Nagar Gurdwara at around 5.30 pm, followed by religious speeches by the DGPC/ SGPB members and other religious personalities present on the occasion.
The members from other communities had raised stalls of eatables and drinks for the Sikh devotees en-route. The traffic police authorities had diverted the movement of vehicles to some alternative routes while elaborate security arrangement was made for the smooth and peaceful conduct of Shobha Yatra.
Meanwhile, in connection with the celebrations of the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, similar Nagar Kirtan was taken out at Kathua town. The Shobha Yatra started from Gurdwara Singh Sabha in presence of SSP Kathua Shridhar Patil and DGPC members and after passing through various city markets and main bazaars, finally culminated at the same place. Several Ragi Jathas were accompanying and chanting Gurvani Path. Thousands of people participated in the religious procession.