Thousands Sikh devotes from the across the country and world joined “nagar kirtan” (religious procession) on the streets of Patna on Wednesday to commemorate the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
Forty-five devotees from a dozen countries have reached Takht Patna Sahib to participate in the celebrations that began with “akhand path” at Gaighat Gurdwara and the Gandhi Maidan tent city.
The devotees have come all the way from London, Canada, the US, Australia, China, Mexico, Italy and other countries and were engaged in serving other guests at the “langar”, besides cleaning the premises at the gurdwara and tent cities.
Around 120 devotees of the Sikh International Congregation from Canada and the US also reached Patna together. One of them, Sri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan said: “It is a pious journey. The journey was made via Amritsar and many would recite shabads at the Guru darbar on January 5,” he added.
Meanwhile, scores of devotees led by Baba Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa of California who also arrived in Patna, said: “We consider ourselves honoured to serve at the Guru darbar. We reached India on December 26 and visited all five Takhts.”
Jaot Kaur, a yoga teacher in China said: “This is one of the most pleasant trips. I am lucky to be at the mega event. I visited the Guru darbar and felt peace. I think that I will not get this opportunity again in my life.”
Hanuman Singh, a retired officer with a US security agency said: “No work could be more pious than this. I congratulate the government for the good arrangement. The nature of local people has won many hearts,” he said.