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Huge crowd at nagar kirtan

Dhubri, Dec. 16: Thousands of devotees from across the Northeast and abroad took part in the nagar kirtan (religious procession) to mark the 337th Swahidi Diwas (martyrdom day) of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahibji today.

Nearly 50,000 devotees thronged the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahibji gurudwara here to take part in the three-day programme that began yesterday.

Secretary of Sikh Pratinidhi Board of Eastern Zone Kulwant Singh, said they were very keen on welfare activities. The board, which is organising the event, held a blood donation camp, distributed fruits among patients of Dhubri civil hospital and gave scholarship to students who had scored above 70 per cent in the HSLC or university examinations.

The founder of Akal Academy of Baru Saheb in Himachal Pradesh, Bhai Iqbal Singh, who is highly revered by the Sikh community for his services to humanity, also visited Dhubri gurudwara with six students and took part in the celebrations.

He told The Telegraph, “Baru Saheb was founded in 1956 but I started the Akal Academy with six students in 1987. There, besides modern education, students are also empowered with spiritualism, humanism and morality without which education has no value.”

The Baru Academy is running 122 CBSE schools, two universities, one hospital and a woman empowerment centre, he said.

The Sikh Pratinidhi Board also felicitated prominent citizens of Dhubri town today at the darbar. A cross-section of people offered prayers at the gurudwara and visited the fair nearby.