Thousands of Sikh devotees celebrate Guru Gobind Singh birthday

Hyderabad:A�The 350th Prakash Utsav (birthday celebrations) of tenth and last Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh, founder of Khalsa Panth and who protected the nation from invaders, was heldA�on Sunday with thousands of Sikh devotees and other community followers celebrating it with religious fervour, gaiety and devotion by offering prayers to Guru Granth Sahibji.

The major attraction of the concluding event was organised under the aegis of Prabhandak Committee, Gurudwara Saheb Secunderabad and Gurudwara Guru SinghA� Sabha,A� Hyderabad, and all Sikh Gurudwaras of Telanagana, A� where over 30,000 Sikh devotees and others participated in the “Vishaal Deewan” (mass congregation) by offering prayers to Sri Guru Granth Sahibji (holy scripture of Sikhs) atA� Key’s High SchoolA� Grounds, Secunderabad.

The congregation began in theA�morning andA�A�continued tillA�eveningA�A�and was marked by the recitations of Gurubani Keertans and Kathas (holy hymns) by the renowned and reputed Ragi Jathas (Sikh preachers). Well Known Dhadi Jatha, Giani Fauja Singhji of Sultanpur Lodhi (Punjab), Bhai Shokeen Singhji of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple),A�Amritsar, and other reputed Ragi Jathas who were specially invited from various parts of the country for the important occasion,A�recited Gurbani Keertans and delivered Gurbani Vichar that stressed on imbibing the higher values of life and communal harmony for which Guru Gobind Singhji strived.

TheyA�have alsoA�thrown light on the teachings of Sikh gurus who stood for national integration, peace, brotherhood and communal harmony. They asked devotees to follow the teachings of Guru Gobind Singhji which are very relevant these days.

At the culmination of the congregation, the traditional Guru Ka Langar (free community kitchen) was served to all the devotees whereA�all the devotees sat in the same rowA�promoting the feelings of togetherness, fraternity and concern for fellow human beings.

Prabhandak Committee President S Baldev Singh Bagga and Secretary S. Avatar Singh welcomed the devotees at the mass congregation.A� a��NSS

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