Jamshedpur, Jan. 16: Sikh Devotees across the city lined up at Gurudwaras today to immerse themselves in the colors of devotion on the occasion of 349th ‘Parkash Purab’, the birth anniversary of 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
Born in Patna, on December 22, 1666, Guru Gobind Singh was the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who devoted his life to protect religious freedom. To protect the people from being oppressed, Guru Gobind Singh established the ‘Khalsa Panth’ in the year 1699.
The devotees participated in special prayer ceremonies. Free langars (holy kitchen) were also arranged and prasad (holy food) was distributed to mark the occasion. Almost all the 36 gurudwaras in the district were decked up for the occasion.
Recitations of sacred Gurubani Keertans (holy hymns) by renowned Sikh preachers of the city was held in all the gurudwaras on the occasion to inculcate the values of Guru Gobind Singh among the devotees.
A religious procession was taken out from Station Road Gurudwara under the aegis of Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (CGPC), the apex body of Sikhs in the city.
The procession culminated at the Sakchi Gurudwara in the evening after moving through various areas. State civil supply and food minister Saryu Roy was present at the inaugural ceremony.
“We are celebrating the ‘Prakash Utsav’ Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary, the tenth guru of Sikhs with happiness and fervour. Like every year we are taking out a religious procession and chanting prayers to celebrate the birth anniversary of our revered Guru,” said Giani Iqbal Singh, a Sikh leader.
The devotees also chanted numerous prayers while walking along the chariot. In daredevil acts to depict victory over evil, Sikh martial art forms like the ‘Gatka’ were also performed by trained professionals.
Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the ten Gurus, the one who transformed the Sikh faith. In 1699 he created the Khalsa (Pure), a community of the faithful who wore visible symbols of their faith and trained as warriors. Today the Khalsa comprises all practicing Sikhs.
Meanwhile, a two-day congregation has been organized at Sakchi Gurudwara wherein the participants of religious procession would be felicitated based on their performances.