Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur and other prominent personalities attended the event
Amritsar, April 19:
The Nagar Kirtan organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal, Amritsar, dedicated to the 400th Prakash Gurpurab (birth anniversary) of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, culminated today at Sri Anandpur Sahib with Khalsa’s grandeur.
Giani Raghbir Singh, Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur, senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and other prominent personalities gave a hearty welcome to the Nagar Kirtan under the auspices of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and led by Panj Piaras, on its arrival near Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College at Sri Anandpur Sahib.
On this occasion, Giani Raghbir Singh shared his views with the sangat and congratulated on the 400th Prakash Gurpurab of the ninth Guru and said that this Nagar Kirtan was started on March 20 from Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahal Sri Amritsar Sahib, which had reached martyrdom site of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib at Chandni Chowk, Delhi, passing through various gurdwaras and places related to the visit of the ninth Guru. He said that Nagar Kirtan has been completed after it arrived from Delhi via Haryana and reached the land of Sri Anandpur Sahib.
Meanwhile, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said that decorating and carrying out Nagar Kirtan is a part of Sikh tradition and the purpose of the same during centenary celebrations is to inspire the sangat about the historical day as well as to flourish the Gurmat (teachings of the Sikh Gurus). She said that it is our good fortune that the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji came in our lives.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said that this historic Nagar Kirtan has created enthusiasm among the sangat for the centenary.
After the welcome at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur performed Shabad Kirtan with the Sangat and attended the Nagar Kirtan.
She reached Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib singing and reciting Gurbani shabds with the sangat. She appealed to the sangat to attend the centenary celebrations actively.
On this occasion, SGPC executive committee member S. Ajmer Singh Khera, SGPC member Bhai Amarjit Singh Chawla, S. Daljit Singh Bhinder, Bibi Ranjit Kaur Mahilpuri, Principal Surinder Singh, head granthi Giani Phula Singh, Baba Nihal Singh Harian Velan, Baba Avtar Singh Sursingh Wale, Baba Manmohan Singh Baranwale, Baba Nagar Singh Harian Velan, Baba Gurdev Singh Shahidi Bagh, Baba Jarnail Singh Kar Sewa Wale, SGPC additional secretary Sukhminder Singh, deputy secretary Simarjeet Singh, Dr Gurmeet Singh Butter, OSD to SGPC president Dr Sukhbir Singh, S. Talwinder Singh Butter and a large number of sangat was present.
Gatka and band parties participated, sangat showered flowers
On arrival at of Nagar Kirtan at Sri Anandpur Sahib, where the sangat showered flowers on Sri Guru Granth Sahib with devotion and reverence, various Gatka groups performed Sikh martial arts. Samparda Baba Bidhi Chand’s Nagarchi (war drum beater) Singh was beating the Nagara on an elephant in front of Nagar Kirtan. A large number of band parties also joined in and beautified the atmosphere through melodious tunes.
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