STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: 550th Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated with great enthusiasm here on Tuesday at Gurdwara Yadgar Guru Nanak Dev, Chand Nagar. Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma; DGP Dilbag Singh and Provincial President NC, Devender Rana besides a number of devotees and members of Sikh community were present on the occasion. The function was organised by the District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu, under the patronage of Mahant Manjit Singh, Mukhi, Shiromani Dera Nangali Sahib, Poonch and Sant Tejwant Singh, Mukhi, Dera Sant Pura Danna, Nanak Nagar. On the occasion, thousands of devotees from different parts of the Union Territory paid obeisance to seek blessings of Guru Nanak Dev. Eminent Parcharaks and Ragi Jathas from within and outside the Union Territory delivered religious sermons and recited Gurbani Kirtan. The speakers threw light on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and urged every human being to follow the path of equality, fraternal love, goodness and virtue shown by the Guru Nanak Dev. Ragi Jathas of Bhai Gurwinder Singh Hazoori Ragi Shri Darbar Sahib Amritsar; Bhai Davinder Singh from Jalandhar, Bhai Davindher Singh, Bhai Balbir Singh, Bhai Karamjit Singh Hazoori Ragis of DGPC Jammu and Bhai Ranjit Singh from Jammu recited Kirtan on the occasion. Giani Charanjit Singh from Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib and Bhai Harbhinder Singh Incharge Sikh Mission Jammu- Kashmir also spoke on the occasion. Langar was served to Sangat and a number of stalls providing refreshments, religious literature were also set-up during the celebrations. Educational awareness centres, medical camps and many other stalls were installed by different social organizations to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. On the occasion, Jagjit Singh, President, DGPC Jammu presented a resolution highlighting religious, social and political problems being faced by Sikh community of J&K. T S Wazir, Chairman, State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board while addressing the gathering, greeted the Sangat and apprised them about various programmes organised by State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board in association with District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committees of State to commemorate Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev which included international seminar, Kirtan Darbars, Kavi Darbars etc. He also urged the UT administration and Central Government to fulfill legitimate demands of minority Sikh community and assured the gathering that DGPC and State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board, with the cooperation of Sikh Sangat, shall continue its efforts for redressal of all genuine demands of Sikh community and also reiterated that continuous neglect of community is driving youth away from mainstream.
As per resolution, presented and unanimously adopted by the Sangat, “Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir welcomed opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor and expressed gratitude to Prime Ministers of both countries, India and Pakistan for initiative and hope that it would be a beginning of normalising relations between India & Pakistan and that the corridor would emerge as a harbinger of peace and serenity.”
Ramnik Singh, Member DGPC Jammu presented formal vote of thanks while Fateh Singh, General Secretary DGPC managed the stage.
DGPC members namely Kuldeep Singh Vice President DGPC, Mohinder Singh-Joint Secretary-DGPC, Raja Singh-Member DGPC, Manjit Singh Ex Secretary DGPC, Ranjod Singh Nalwa, Surinder Singh Wazir, Manmeet Singh, Jagpal Singh, Somnath Singh, Rajinder Singh Wazir, Amrik Singh and K D Singh were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, 550th Praksh Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at Gurudwara Digiana Ashram Jammu. Various Sikh organizations comprised of Sikh United Front J&K, Shiromani Akali Dal J&K, Bhai Kanaya Nishkam Sewa Society J&K; All India Sikh Students Federation, Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, Sikh Welfare Society, Sikh Naujawan Sabha, Istri Akali Dal, Member DGPC Jammu, Ragis, religious preachers and thousands of Sikh Sangat were present in the programme.
Besides former Minister Raman Bhalla and Sudershan Singh Wazir Chairman Sikh United Front J&K also offered special prayers and threw light on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Devi.
Prominent Sikh personalities present on the ocassion include Mohinder Singh, Surinder Singh Kala, Prof Youdhvir Singh Corporator, Paramjeet Singh, Rajinder Singh, Gajan Singh, Darbinder Singh, H.S Raina, Raja Singh, Jathedar Mohinder Singh, Avtar Singh Khalsa, Manmohan Singh Member DGPC Jammu, Charanjeet Singh SDM Retd, Sukhdev Singh, Surjeet Singh Kuckoo, Harpreet Singh Chhotu, Hapreet Singh Lucky, Kuldeep Kour, Gurmeet Kour, Ravinder Singh- Sarpanch, Manmohan Singh, Rasbir Singh, Kulwant Singh, Kuldeep Singh Malik, Tejpal Singh and Kultar Singh.
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