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Jamshedpur Sikhs to celebrate 552nd Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev Jee amidst Covid norms

Jamshedpur, Nov 18: The 552nd  birth anniversary (Prakash Utsav) of Guru Nanak Dev jee will be celebrated tomorrow with focus on social distancing. Like in the past no nagar kirtan will be take out.   Several organisations have lined up series of events to mark the rare occasion. However, in view of pandemic Covid-19, strict guidelines of social distancing are in place. Nagar Kirtan, which used to be the key highlight of celebrations will remain, cancelled due to spread of coronavirus.

Sardar Shailendra Singh, president, Jharkhand State Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, said that all the gurudwaras have been given strict instructions that the occasion must be celebrated with focus on social distancing. All devotees must wear mask and crowding must be avoided. Moreover, langar or the common meals where everyone eats the same food irrespective of caste, class, or creed have been cancelled this year.          

On the day Prakash Parv almost all the 36 gurudwaras in the city will organize shabad kirtan to mark the occasion. The gurudwaras in the district are being decked up for the occasion.

“ Guru Nanak Dev jee was a messenger who was inspired by the creator.  Guru jee saw the world suffering from hatred, fanaticism, falsehood and hypocrisy so he made a pledge to humanity and spent nearly 25 years travelling around the world to inspire mankind to live a truthful life. Guru Nanak Dev jees encouraged everyone to seek within their own heart and realise that there is one Creator which exists everywhere and in every heart, regardless of religion, colour or creed. Guru Nanak’s teachings are the foundation of the Sikh religion,” Giani Gurpratap Singh, a Sikh priest.

The birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Poornima, i.e., the day of the full moon in the month of Kartik. In the Gregorian Calendar, the birthday of Guru Nanak usually falls in the month of November, but its date varies from year to year, based on the traditional dates of the Indian calendar.

A few days before Guru Purab, took out Prabhat Pheris or the early morning processions from the Gurudwaras. They went around their locality singing shabad or the religious hymns.

Later in the day, special kirtans are arranged in the Gurdwaras. Devotees offer their services for cooking food, cleaning the Gurdwara or carrying out other chores. This is called the Kar Seva.

The entire Sikh community gets engaged in the true festive mood. Delectable delicacies are also prepared on this holy occasion and distributed.

Gurmukh Singh Mukhe, president, CGPC said that it is a historical year for the Sikh community the Sikhs are prepared for the ‘Prakash Utsav’ of their first guru. However, due to pandemic Covid-19 they will celebrate the occasion with simplicity.

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