Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh celebrated with religious fervor, gaiety

Hundreds of devotees offering special prayers on Gurpurab at Gurdwara, Chand Nagar in Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Hundreds of devotees offering special prayers on Gurpurab at Gurdwara, Chand Nagar in Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh

BJP provides Rs 51 lakh for Guru’s chair at JU

Gopal Sharma
JAMMU, Jan 5: Prakash Utsav  of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Sikh Guru  and the founder of Khalsa Panth was celebrated with great religious fervour, gaiety  and devotion across the State today.
A large number of  devotees  since early morning thronged the Sikh religious places (Gurdwaras)  and paid their obeisance to the great Guru  and offered special prayers. The Gurudwaras were highly decorated by the concerned management committees  and huge rush of  people was witnessed at all the religious places throughout the State.

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The main function in connection with Gurpurab was held at  Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chand Nagar (Lower Gumat), Jammu,  where thousands of people from all walks of life  and  especially Sikh Sangat from various parts of Jammu city and towns of district, offered special prayers. Ragi Jathas from the State and outside participated in the program and recited ‘Gurvani Path’.
Huge rush of devotees was witnessed at this Gurdwara of old Jammu city throughout the day. The District Administration had diverted the traffic to other routes and elaborate arrangements were made for the smooth conduct of this festival. In some areas of Jewel Chowk, Canal Road and BC Road traffic mismanagement was also witnessed.
Several VIPs including Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta, State BJP president Sat Sharma (MLA), MoS School Education  and Culture Priya Sethi, MLA Jammu East Rajesh Gupta,  MLCs -Ramesh Arora, Vikram Randhawa and GL Raina  visited the Gurdawara and offered special prayers. They greeted the people on this occasion and offered their all possible help. On this occasion, the BJP leadership provided Rs 51 lakh for Sri Guru Gobind Singh Chair at Jammu University and fulfilled its last year’s commitment made at the same platform.
Chairman of the State Gurudwara Parbandhak Board, TS Wazir and DGPC Jammu team led by its president Jagjit Singh then submitted a memorandum to the Speaker and State BJP president with charter of demands for the State Government. They sought the early resolution of their issues.
The main demands included setting up of Minority Commission, implementation of Anand Marriage Act in the J&K State, rehabilitation of refugees/ displaced persons of 1947 from PoJK, expedite process of providing Rs 5.5 lakh compensation/ relief to the DPs, stop discrimination with Valley Sikhs and provide them benefits as being offered to KPs, remove shops constructed by JMC at the entrance of Gurdwara land and adjoining at Gumat,  provide special package for rehabilitation of transport industry in the State for its revival,  make Ansari Commission Report on anti-Sikh riots  of 1989 public and book the culprits,  stop discrimination with Sikh employees and honour Dr Surinder Singh Soodan, son of the soil by State Govt, who was part of delegation of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which received Nobel Peace prize. It is really matter  of pride for the State and Sikh community.
Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji is  one of the most important festivals of Sikh community. The only son of Ninth Sikh Guru Sri Teg Bahadur Ji  and Mata Gujri, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj laid down his own life and sacrificed his father, mother  and sons for the sake of humanity  and protection of right cause of community.
On this occasion  Dr S S Soodan was also honoured for being part of International delegation receiving Nobel Peace prize. Avtar Singh Khalsa, general secretary DGPC ably acted as stage secretary.
Meanwhile, 351st birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region today.
Braving chill, members of the Sikh community, including women and children, in colourful dresses were visiting Gurdwaras in the Valley, since early morning.
However, the main congregation was held at Gurdwara Chhatipadshahi, Rainawari where the shrine of Hazrat Mehboob-ul-Aalam and a Hindu temples are located. The management of the Gurdwara had made all arrangements, including langar, for the devotees.
Similar congregations were also held in Gurdwaras at Jawahar Nagar,  Sanat Nagar, Alochi Bagh and Mehjoor Nagar in the city.
Reports of special prayers being held were also received from Baramulla, Uri, Tral and other parts of the Valley. Guru Purab was also celebrated at Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region where special prayers were organized in Gurdwaras despite considerable chill.
Meanwhile, similar functions were held at Gurdwara Baba Chanda Singh Ji, Jain Bazar, Jammu, Gurdwara Chhatipadshahi Nowshera, Udhampur, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Samba, R S Pura, Akhnoor and other places across the State.


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