Jammu Tawi, November 23
For the first time on the eve of birthday of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the Sikh Community today took out an impressive Nagar Keertan.
Large number of Sikh Sangat took part in the traditional Nagar Kirtan, which passed through different bazaars of the city amidst chanting of religious slogans like Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal’ and culminated at Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Guru Nanak Nagar.
The city was specially decorated for the occasion and people had arranged stalls of fruits and sweets for the participating Sangat. Prasad was also distributed among people.
The District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee of Jammu today organised a colourful “nagar kirtan”, which started from Bibi Chand Kour Gurdwara Sahib and passed through Samadian Road-Vinayak Chowk-Gumat crossing-Dogra ChowK-Hotel Asia-Green Belt-Gandhi Nagar Hospital road-Gole Market- Shivaji Chowk-Khalsa Chowk and concluded at Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, Nanak Nagar. The procession started at 10 am and concluded at 5pm.
More than 10,000 devotees took part in the procession. “Palki Sahib” led the procession in which Guru Granth Sahib was carried in a beautifully decorated vehicle along with “Nishaan Sahibs” (religious flags).
The procession was marked by rendering of shabad kirtan (holy hymns) by different jathas of men, women and children. Besides that Panj Pyaras (five beloved ones) in their traditional attire were the centre of attraction all along the procession.
The major attraction of the procession was the display of “gatka”, a Sikh martial art, and other breathtaking sword exercises.
Besides this, many types of presentation were held in which camel and horse riders were decorated in traditional Khalsa uniforms with Ranjit Nagara (war drum) followed by children from various schools.
Various Sikh organizations from Nanak Nagar, Gadigarh, Simbal Camp, Gole Gujral, Bhour Camp, Digiana Ashram, Digiana, Rehari and other areas participated in the procession along with their senior functionaries, who threw light on the life history of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the Yatra as no vehicular traffic was allowed to pass on Nagar Kirtan route
A large number of police personnel were deployed on the route of the procession to avoid any untoward incident.