HYDERABAD: Recitation of Gurubani Keertans by renowned Ragi Jathas (preachers), taking out a huge colourful Nagar Keertan (holy procession), exhilarating and breathtaking display of “Gatka’’ skills by Sikhs, serving of Guru ka Langar (free food) marked the 319th “Khalsa Panth Foundation Day Celebrations’’ popularly known as “Baisakhi” festival.
The festival was celebrated on a grand scale by the members of the Sikh community of Telangana with gaiety and devotion on Saturday at Gurudwara Saheb in Ameerpet.
The major attraction of the celebrations was held at Sri Guru Gobind Singhji Play Grounds in Ameerpet, organised under the aegis of the Prabhandak Committee Gurudwara Saheb, where over 20,000 Sikh devotees and people from other communities participated in the mass congregation. The congregation began at 11 am and continued upto 5 pm and was marked by the recitations of Holy Gurbani keertans and Kathas (holy hymns) by the renowned Ragi Jathas (religious preachers) .
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 of Gurudwara Saheb Ameerpet, President S Bhagender Singh, General Secretary S Surender Singh and other office bearers welcomed the devotees. After the culmination of the congregation, the traditional Guru-ka-Langar prepared specially by the devotees was served to all the devotees.
Colourful Nagar Keertan taken out
Later, in the evening a mass colourful ‘Nagar Keertan’ was taken out from Gurudwara Saheb and passed through the main corridors Greenlands, Begumpet, Punjagutta. Baisakhi Keertan Darbar (night congregation) will be held between 9 pm and 1.30 am on April 15 at Guru Gobind Singh ji Sports Stadium, Ameerpet.