Hyderabad: Thousands of devotees belonging to the Sikh community took part in a grand ‘Nagar Kirtan’ procession that started at 3 pm from Gurudwara Sahib, Secunderabad and passed through
Secunderabad Railway Station, Rathifile Bus Stand, Key's High School, Sangeet Crossroads, St. Ann’s School, Clock Tower and Manohar Theatre and halted at the Gurudwara on Tuesday.
The special attraction of the procession was ‘Gatka’, a famous Sikh martial art form and other sword exercises. This was part of the ongoing celebrations of the 552 ‘Prakesh Utsav’, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, which falls on Friday.
Harpreeth Singh Gulati, a Sikh devotee, said, “As part of the birthday celebrations of Nanak Devji, we organised ‘Nagar Kirtan’ which is a holy procession. Most of the Sikhs in the city took part in the procession. The decoration and LED light display were the highlight of the programme.”
Surendar Pal Singh, another devotee, said, “Families, especially, children and youth enjoyed the event. Around 3,000 devotees took part in the procession. The Punjab team’s ‘Gatka’ performance thrilled the devotees with traditional Sikh martial arts. The ‘Keertans’ or hymns touched the hearts of devotees. All the participants were served with ‘Guru ka langer’, the community dinner.”
Devotees will conduct ‘Night Keertan Darbar’ which is a praise and worship programme through hymns on Thursday in which ‘Ragi Jathas’ will recite ‘Gurubani keertans’ at the same Gurudwara.