Hyderabad: The members of the Sikh community will observe the 403rd martyrdom day of fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev on a large scale on June 5, 2011 in Hyderabad.
In this connection, the Prabhandak Committee of the Gurudwara Saheb, Sikh Chawni, Uppuguda will organise a Vishaal Deewan (mass congregation) at Quli Qutub Shah Stadium, opposite the City College.
About 10,000 Sikhs are expected to turn up for the Vishaal Keertan Darbar, to be held between 11 AM and 3.30 PM.
The organisers say that they expect members of other faiths to attend the mass congregation.
Prabhandak Committee chairman, S Jahan Singh in a statement said that renowned Ragi Jathas (community preachers), who have been invited from different parts of the country to render Shabad Keertans (Holy Hymns) would throw light on the teachings of Guru Arjan Dev and other Sikh Gurus at the Vishaal Deewan.
Sardar Jahan Singh stated that the greatest contribution of Guru Arjan Dev to the Nation was his supreme sacrifice. He stated that the Guruji’s ever growing influence amongst the people perturbed Emperor Jehangir.
The Prabhandak Committee chairman said that under royal instruction, the Governor of Lahore had the Guru arrested on and subjected him to severe torture that eventually resulted in the Guru’s death.
Guru Arjan Dev set the noblest example of courage and boldness in resisting the wrongs of the mightiest power on earth, and thus sowed the seed that was to bear rich fruit in the times to come, Sardar Jahan Singh stated.
He added that the Guru’s death was the turning point in the growth and development of Sikh community.
“He was the first in the long series of Sikh martyrs. His martyrdom entire changed the character of reformatory religious movement. The Sikhs were transmuted from a pacifist to assertive and marshal people after the execution of Guru Arjan Dev, the Prabhandak Committee chairman stated.
Bhai Davinder Singhji Sodhi from Ludhiana in Punjab, Bhai Rajinder Singh, Sri Hazur Sahibwale of Nanded, Bhai Hari Singh, Bhai Nagina Singh, Nanak Singh Sukhmani, Bhai Gurdit Singh and other Ragi Jathas will render Keertans from 11 AM to 3.30 PM.
After the culmination of the programme, Guru-ka-langar will be served to all the devotees.(INN)