Thousands offer prayers on Guru Purab
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A devotee holds swords and shouts slogans during a procession on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Amritsar on Thursday. — AFP photo
A child performing martial arts during a Nagar Kirtan procession on the eve of Prakash Utsav in the Capital on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi
By Ravinder Singh Robin
Amritsar, Jan 5 (ANI): Tens of thousands of devotees congregated at Amritsar's Sri Harmandir Sahib Golden Temple, on Friday, on the occasion of the 340th birth anniversary of the tenth and last Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.
"The Gurudwara is fully decorated from inside. I have come here with my family. On this auspicious day, I have come here to offer prayers as it is believed that all the wishes are fulfilled here," said Vishvdeep Singh, a devotee.
Devotees visited the Gurudwara from various parts of the country.
"We have especially come here for Guru Govind Singh's birthday. We are delighted and we will celebrate the occasion by taking a holy dip and performing ritual ceremonies," said Mamta Sehgal, a devotee from Gawalior.
Several functions, including religious processions and Shabad Kirtan are organized in different parts of the country to mark the anniversary.
From early morning, gurudwaras began teeming reverberating with devotional chants.
Creator of Khalsa, Guru Gobind Singh was born at Patna Sahib on December 22, 1666. He became Guru on November 11, 1675, following in the footsteps of his father and the ninth Sikh Guru Guru Teg Bahadur.
Guru Gobind Singh moulded the Sikh religion into its present form with the formation of the Khalsa, which means 'Pure'. Khalsa is the name given by Guru Gobind Singh to all Sikhs who have been baptised or initiated by taking Amrit in a ceremony called Amrit Sanchar.
Guru Gobind Singh preached and practiced the gospels of love, oneness of mankind and universal brotherhood throughout his life. He appealed to the people to strive in unison for carving out a healthy and a harmonious society. (ANI)
The Central Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee has tied up with Toubro Aviation for the floral tributes, which is scheduled to take place around 4 pm.
The day would see a religious procession, popularly referred to as “Nagar Kirtan”, which would start from the Mango gurudwara at 12.30 pm and travel across the city.
“We thought of paying a floral tribute of a different kind and to give shape to our plan, we hired a helicopter which would follow the route of the procession,” said Sailender Singh, the president of the Central Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee.
Tomorrow the ongoing reading of the “Akhand Path” will be completed and the traditional feast called langars will take place in the 34 gurdwaras across the city at noon.
In the evening, religious institutions would mark the day with bhajans.
“Women, too, would alo participate in tomorrow’s event and a troupe has also been roped in to add colour to the ceremony,” added Singh.
Religious meets at the gurdwaras would continue till January 8.
Young devotees participate in the Nagar Kirtan to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Ludhiana on Wednesday.—Photo by I.V.
Sikh children in Jammu, India, shout slogans during a procession yesterday on the eve of the 340th anniversary of the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) played a monumental part in the development of the Sikh faith and helped Sikhism evolve from a clan to a religion. Channi Anand, the Associated Press
PHOTOS OF 2006
Sikhs of the Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara in Lynden gather together as they pray giving and receiving blessings as they follow a float carrying the Sikh holy book around the perimeter of the temple on April 4. in celebration of their traditional spring harvest festival called Vaisakhi. Approximately 1,000 Sikhs from Canada as well as Whatcom and Skagit counties attended the event. CHRIS JOSEPH TAYLOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
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