The light of Guru Granth Sahib spreads far
In 1604 began the journey of Guru Granth Sahib from Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib to Harmandar Sahib, where the first "parkash" (sermon) of the Sikh scripture was done, and has since continued through the centuries.punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2013 09:31 IST
In 1604 began the journey of Guru Granth Sahib from Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib to Harmandar Sahib, where the first "parkash" (sermon) of the Sikh scripture was done, and has since continued through the centuries.
Commemorating this historic journey, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Sunday organised a religious procession here though the same route, during which voluntary organisation EcoAmritsar, in the spirit of "seva" (service), cleaned up every bit of litter from the streets after the marchers had moved on. Nagar Kirtan and "langar" (community kitchen) were organised along the way.
(Devotees carrying Guru Granth Sahib in a gold-plated palanquin at Harmandar Sahib during a religious procession as part of the installation anniversary of the holy book in Amritsar on Sunday. Munish Byala/HT)
"The 'Bani' (holy verse) of the Gurus considers maintaining cleanliness a 'seva'. The SGPC was kind to agree to our suggestion to clean up after the procession," said EcoAmritsar chairman Gunbir Singh. The Eco Youth Club from the Khalsa College of Engineering and Technology joined hands with students of other schools and colleges and the "sangat" (religious congregation) in collecting more than 50 bagsful of garbage and educating people on environmental issues.
"The sewadars (volunteer workers) at 'chhabils" (sweet water stops) and 'langar' also agreed to use biodegradable leaf 'patras' instead of styrofoam utensils," said Gunbir. The devotees said they would like the Akal Takht jathedar to issue a directive to the organisers of religious processions to prevent littering of the streets during functions.
An offering box with the name of slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale painted over in Gurmukhi was on Saturday installed in front of the Operation Bluestar memorial at the Golden Temple, close to where devotees pray.
(With inputs from PTI)