| Devotees participate in the nagar kirtan in Dhubri town on Friday. Picture by Bijoy Kr Sharma |
Dhubri, Dec. 6: Nearly 40,000 Sikh devotees from the Northeast and across the country participated in the nagar kirtan (religious procession) in Dhubri town to mark the 338th Swahidi Diwas (martyrdom day) of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahibji, the ninth guru of the Sikhs, today.
As part of three-day celebration that began yesterday, the organiser — Sikh Pratinidhi Board Easter Zone — has conducted blood donation, eye donation camps and other social welfare activities on the Gurudwara premises.
“Nearly 100 devotees donated blood collected for the bank at Dhubri civil hospital while over 150 people pledged to donate their eyes to the Sikh Foundation Northeast. The list of donors will be handed over to the eye bank at Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati,” the chief of the Foundation and an adviser of the board, P.P. Singh, said.
The secretary of the board, Sardar Kulwant Singh, said thousands of devotees from different parts of Assam and the Northeast thronged the shrine. “A number of sangats (group) from different parts of the country arrived at Dhubri Gurudwara to participate in various programmes,” Singh said.
This year, Delhi-based group Rashtriya Sikh Sangat held an exhibition on the life and sacrifice of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji on the gurudwara premises.
The Sangat Sansar Society (Northeast), a wing of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, distributed books on the ninth guru.
Tapan Banerjee, the author of Srishti Dee Chaadar, a book on Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji, delivered a talk at Darbar Hall on the Gurudwara premises tonight.
The members of Dhubri Lions Club, Dhubri district units of BJP, Bharatiya Yuva Manch, All Assam Sikh Youth Association and Sikh Naujawan Sabha distributed medical and food items to the underprivileged.
The board felicitated district officials and social workers in different fields at the Darbar Hall with sarupa and kirpan (holy turban and sword) today.
Singh thanked all sangats, people of Dhubri and district civil and police administration for their co-operation.