Jamshedpur: Sikhs celebrate 550th Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev with devotion

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Jamshedpur, Nov. 12 : The Sikh community in Jamshedpur celebrated Guru Nanak’s 550th Prakash Utsav with devotion on Tuesday. Sikh families attended langars at the various gurudwaras after offering prayers at gurudwaras.

This time, the Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee did not organise their lavish nagar kirtan (religious procession) as some of the officials Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee are attending the celebration in Kartarpur, Pakistan. The religious procession will be thus organised on November 17.

However, Refugee Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee took out a “nagar kirtan” at Sakchi from the colony gurudwara. Devotees participating in the procession recited Japji Sahib, shabad “Sat Guru Nanak pargatya” and “Ooncha dar babe Nanak da”.

 A beautifully decorated palanquin, carrying Guru Granth Sahib, followed the Panj Piaras. The palanquin, known as ‘Palki Sahib’ is cynosure of all eyes and thousands of devotees bow in front of it to seek blessings.

 Various social and religious organisation served fruits and “langar” of milk, tea and snacks to the devotees. Moreover, almost all the 33 Gurudwaras in the district were decked up for the occasion. They organised religious functions and hosted langar (mass kitchen) as a part of the celebrations.

  President Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee Gurumukh Singh Mukhe said, “The auspicious Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday teaches us to live in brotherhood, amity and work together to fight ignorance, poverty and other problems of people.”

 He said that Guru Nanak Dev was born at Nankana Sahab near Lahore in Pakistan in 1469 and the anniversaries of Sikh Gurus are known as Gurpurabs (festivals), and celebrated by Sikhs with devotion.

“I convey my greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak’s Birthday. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, showed us the path of peace, harmony and righteousness. His message of devotion to God, excellence of conduct and tolerance has timeless relevance and can help in transforming our society,” said Amarprit Singh Kale, senior leader.

Meanwhile, All India Sikh Student Federation carried plantation drive to give message of greenery. Led by its president Satnam Singh Gambhir, several youths participated in the drive. 

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