Giani Jagtar Singh, Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, Bibi Jagir Kaur and other prominent personalities were present
Amritsar, March 20:
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday commenced the grand Nagar Kirtan for Delhi from Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal, the birthplace of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, dedicated to his 400th birth anniversary.
Before the commencement of this Nagar Kirtan under the auspices of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and led by Panj Piaras, Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib hazoori raagi jathas of Bhai Jaspinder Singh, Bhai Kuldeep Singh and Bhai Gurdev Singh Koharka connected the sangat with Gurbani Kirtan at Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal.
Ardas was done by Bhai Sultan Singh and the holy Hukamnama was recited by Giani Jagtar Singh, head granthi of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib.
On this occasion, Giani Jagtar Singh shared his views with the sangat and congratulated on the occasion of the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Guru and said that Nagar Kirtan would create enthusiasm in the sangat.
Meanwhile, Sri Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said in his address that decorating and carrying out Nagar Kirtan is a part of Sikh tradition and the purpose of organising Nagar Kirtan during centenaries is to inspire the sangat about the historical days as well as to spread Gurmat. Jathedar also appealed to the sangat to connect with the philosophy of the ninth Guru.
Sharing her views, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said that it is our good fortune that the centenary of the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib has come in our time. Bibi Jagir Kaur said that Nagar Kirtan should be welcomed by the sangat with enthusiasm of the areas concerned wherever it goes.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said that Gurbani Kirtan would be performed by ragi jathas of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon till the main function on May 1, 2021 at Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal and that famous kathawachaks of the panth will do religious discourse (katha) here from time to time.
Speaking on the occasion SGPC general secretary Adv Bhagwant Singh Sialka said that the Sikh community is proud of the fact that the Sikhs possess the best teachings of human reform as taught by the Gurus. He appealed to the Sangat to connect with Gurbani.
On this occasion, SGPC senior vice-president S. Surjit Singh Bhitewad, general secretary Adv Bhagwant Singh Sialka, executive member S. Ajmer Singh Khera, S. Harbhajan Singh Masanan, member Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, Bhai Manjit Singh Bhurakohna, Bhai Ram Singh, S. Mangwinder Singh Khaparkheri, S. Harjap Singh Sultanwind, S. Baldev Singh Kaimpur, S. Harpal Singh Jalla, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, Bibi Gurpreet Kaur Ruhi, head granthi Bhai Malkit Singh, Baba Sucha Singh and Baba Satnam Singh Qila Anandgarh Sahib, secretary S. Mahinder Singh Ahli, S. Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, S. Partap Singh, S. Sukhminder Singh, S. Paramjit Singh Saroya, S. Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Sri Darbar Sahib manager S. Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, S. Tejinder Singh Padda, S. Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, S. Simarjeet Singh, S. Harjinder Singh Kaironwal, and others were present.
Gatka and band parties participated, sangat showered flowers
During the Nagar Kirtan which started from Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal, where a large number of devotees showered flowers on the Guru Granth Sahib with devotion and reverence, various Gatka Akharas presented their talents of Sikh martial arts. A large number of band parties also joined in and beautified the atmosphere through melodious tunes. At the commencement of Nagar Kirtan, Giani Jagtar Singh, head granthi of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib, adorned the sacred saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the Palki Sahib (palanquin).
A Punjab Police team also presented the guard of honour to the Nagar Kirtan.
On arrival at Gurdwara Lohgarh Sahib, the Nagar Kirtan was also warmly welcomed. Meanwhile, the sangat at various places paid homage to the Guru Granth Sahib by presenting Rumalas and by honouring Panj Piaras with Siropa (robe of honour). Singh Sabha societies and sangat also set up various langars.
Nagar Kirtan on Saturday left for Gurdwara Sahib Patshahi Nauvin, Guru Ka Bagh Ghukkewali, from where it will leave for Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Baba Bakala Sahib on March 21.