Hyderabad: The 312th ” Khalsa Panth Foundation day celebrations” popularly known as “Baisakhi” Festival was celebrated on a grand scale by the members of the Sikh community in the State with gaiety and devotion today.
The major celebrations was held at Sri Guru Gobind Singhji Play Grounds, Ameerpet, here, organised by the Prabhandak Committee Gurudwara Saheb Ameerpet, where over 25,000 Sikh devotees and other community faiths participated in the ” Vishal Deewan” (mass congregation). The congregation was marked by the recitations of Holy Guurbani keertans and Kathas (holy hymns) by the renowned Ragi Jathas (Religious preachers) who were specially invited from various parts of the country for the important occasion.
Bhai Inderjeet Singhji Khalsa of Darbar Sahib, Harmandir Sahibji (Golden temple, Amritsar) Bhai Joginder Singhji Riar of Ludhiana (Punjab), Bhai Surinder Singh, Hazuri Ragi Jatha, Bhai Gurmukh Singhji, Jatha Tera Jatha and other reputed Ragi Jathas besides other local Ragi Jathas rendered Gurbani keertans which stressed on imbibing the higher values of life in our day to day to living.
The preachers called upon the devotees to follow the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib ji which stands for national integration. Communal harmony brotherhood and peace to the whole humanity.
Prabhandak Committee President S Amarjeet Singh and General Secretary S Surender Singh, Vice President S Sulakshan Singh and Joint Secretary, S Bhagender Singh welcomed the devotees.
After the culmination of the congregation, the traditional Guru-ka-Langar (free community kitchen) prepared specially by the devotees was served to all the devotees.
In the evening, a mass colourful procession was taken out from Gurudwara Saheb Ameerpet, which passed through the main corridors Greenlands, Begumpet, Punjagutta and returned back to Gurudwara Saheb in the evening. Guru Granth Sahebji was carried on a beautifully decorated vehicle along with five ” Nishaan saheban ” during the procession. Shabad keertans were rendered by the Keerthani jathas of men, women and youth groups. ” Panj Pyaras ” (five beloved ones) and sikh youths displayed “Gatka’, extraordinary exercises with their swords and sharp weapons and other skills with breathtaking performance was performed by Kagidhar Dashmesh Jatha and Ranjeet Singhji Akhada attracting the passers by all along the procession route.
Baisakhi Keertn darbar ( Night Congregation) will be held between 8 pm and 1.30 am on April 15th at Guru Gobind Singhji sports stadium, Ameerpet, in which reputed Ragi Jathas will render Shabad Keertan.(NSS)