In a first after Partition, a nagar kirtan (Sikh religious parade) being done as a major aspect of the 550th birth commemoration festivities of Guru Nanak, the organizer of Sikhism, arrived at India through the Attari-Wagah outskirt from Nankana Sahib in Pakistan on Thursday.
The parade crossed the zero line to enter the Indian side around 3.30pm with the heavenly saroop of Guru Granth Sahib conveyed by Golden Temple head granthi Giani Jagtar Singh on his head. The granthi of the Golden Temple got the blessed saroop on the zero line for proceeding with the parade that will visit 17 Indian states before coming full circle at Sultanpur Lodhi, the notable town in Kapurthala region, where Guru Nanak went through his 14 years.
An grand welcome was given to the sacred saroop from Nankana Sahib. The Saroop was in transit showered petals on it with devotees singing shabad ‘Kal Taran Gur Nanak Aya’ sung by Bollywood playback artist Sukhwinder Singh being played in the onlookers’ display.
Among those present on the event were Punjab bureau pastors, Akali Dal pioneers and office-bearers of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) that sorted out the nagar kirtan.
Gobind Singh Longowal, who alongside Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh accompanied the nagar kirtan from Pakistan.