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Saturday , April 26 , 2014
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Gurdwara celebrates 100 years

Guwahati, April 26: About 5,000 Sikh devotees from across the northeastern region will gather in the city to be a part of the yearlong centenary celebrations of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha that began today.

The gurdwara, which has always been a prominent landmark and a symbol of the Sikh community residing in the city, will be celebrating the completion of a hundred years with a number of religious programmes from today till Sunday.

The celebrations began with Sri Akhand Path (uninterrupted recital of the holy Guru Granth Sahib) at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha early this morning. This will be followed by a mega kirtan and katha durbar that will take place at Gopi Nagar Gurdwara on Saturday and Sunday.

Founder of Amritsar-based Mata Kaulan Ji Bhalai Kender Trust, Sangat Bhai Saheb Bhai Guriqbal Singh will deliver a discourse on Saturday night and Sunday morning during the occasion.

Bhai Saheb Singh Jee Markande Wale will also address the congregation on these two days.

President of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha Committee, Sardar Major Singh, said, “The Gurdwara Singh Sabha has completed 100 years this year and on this occasion we will organise a number of programmes throughout the year beginning today. The celebrations began with Sri Akhand Path today followed by a mega kirtan and katha durbar during the next two days. The yea-rlong centenary celebrations will conclude with a mega event in the city next year.”

“Nearly 5,000 devotees from across the northeastern region as well as the state will be arriving here to be part of this auspicious occasion. Here, they will also be able to listen to the religious discourses that are full of knowledge. We have also arranged for langar (community feast) inside the premises of Gopi Nagar Gurdwara on these two days. During langar, people, irrespective of their class and creed, sit and eat together. Breakfast will also be served to the public on Sunday,” said Singh.

The other programmes will include a gurbani (composition of the Sikh Gurus) competition and demonstration of Sikh martial arts known as gatka to be held later this year. Both Sikhs and non-Sikhs will be able to participate in the gurbani competition.