The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has sought the cooperation of the Delhi government headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for the success of the ‘nagar kirtan’ (religious procession) which is to be taken out from May 21-29 to mark the 300th martyrdom day of Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.
In a letter to Kejriwal, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has sought his help for the smooth conduct of the ‘nagar kirtan’ when it reaches Delhi on May 28-29. The procession will reach the outskirts of Delhi on May 28 and will move through various localities of the national capital the next day before culminating at the Green Park gurdwara (Hauz Khas) in Mehrauli.
On May 21, the procession will start from Gurdas Nangal village in Gurdaspur district where Banda Bahadur, after a fierce battle with the Mughals, was taken captive. The ‘nagar kirtan’ will trace the route that the Mughals took to forcibly shift the Sikh warrior, his family members and followers to Delhi. It was at Mehrauli at Banda Bahadur was tortured for several days before he attained martyrdom.
In his letter to Kejriwal, Makkar urged him to “personally oversee the necessary arrangements for the procession in Delhi”.
The procession, to be led by the ‘Panj Pyaras’ (five beloved ones of the guru), will be followed by a ‘bir’ of the Guru Granth sahib, which will be placed in a flower-decked vehicle. Some rare and historical weapons of the Sikh gurus will also be on display in a vehicle accompanying the procession.
Letters sent to Badal, Khattar
The SGPC also dispatched letters to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar seeking their cooperation to make the event a grand success.
Makkar has also sought the cooperation of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK to ensure proper stay arrangements of devotees accompanying the procession.