Nagpur: Exhilarating display of Gatka skills (Sikh martial art form), rendering of Shabad Keertans, carrying of Guru Granth Sahibji on a decorated vehicle and Nishan Sahebans were part of the ‘Nagar Keertan’ taken out in connection with Prakash Utsav of 547th birthday celebrations of First Sikh Guru and founder of Sikh religion.
As part of the ongoing celebrations, holy procession was taken out by Gurudwara Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Saheb, Baba Buddhaji Nagar Teka which arrived at Ramdas Saheb Gurudwara filling the area with enthusiasm and fervour.
The Nagar Keertan was marked with carrying of Sri Guru Granth Sahibji, (revered scripture of Sikhs on a beautifully decorated vehicle, followed by ‘Nishaan Sahebans’ (religious flag bearers) and demonstration of Gatka skills by youths from city. Shabad Keertans were rendered by the Keerthani Jathas.
The Sikh youths hailing from Amritsar, Kalgidhar Dashmesh Jatha and other Gatka Jathas displayed their ‘Gatka’ skills attracting passerbys along the procession routes. Kada prasad, tea and snacks were given to devotees and passersby all along the route. Another colourful Nagar Keertan will be taken out on November 23 from city.
As the main birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Devji falls on November 25, a ‘Vishaal Deewan’ (mass congregation) will be held at various places.
On the day of the Gurpurab, the celebrations commence early in the morning at about 4 to 5 am. This time of the day is referred to as Amrit Vela. The day begins with the singing of Asa-di-Var (morning hymns). This is followed by any combination of Katha (exposition of the scripture) and Kirtan (hymns from the Sikh scriptures), in the praise of the Guru.
Following that is the Langar, a special community lunch, which is arranged at the Gurudwaras by volunteers. The idea behind the free communal lunch is that everyone, irrespective of caste, class or creed, should be offered food in the spirit of seva (service) and bhakti (devotion). Night Prayer sessions will also be held in some Gurudwaras, which begin around sunset when Rehras (evening prayer) is recited, followed by Kirtan till late at night.