Hymns in the air, martial arts performed at 14 April Nagar Kirtan

By Bachittar Kohar
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Nagar Kirtan, the colourful possession, where shabads (holy hymns) are sung, and gatka (traditional martial arts) performed, offers an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about the Sikh community.

With the help of community members, the Gurudwara Sarbat Khalsa Prospect in Adelaide arranged a nagar kirtan on the day of Visakhi (14 April) dedicated to Khalsa Panth Sathapna Diwas. Giani Satwinder Singh performed ardaas at Helen Park Prospect and the whole sangat participated in the shabad kirtan and recited “Waheguru ji ka khalsa”. The congregation in the leadership of Five Piaras started a march towards Gurudwara Prospect to honour Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Though the weather was tough, the nagar kirtan went on full swing.

During the nagar kirtan, the Dhadi Jathas recited the dhadi wars in full form and with the traditional instruments. After a three-kilometre route the Nagar Kirtan reached Gurudwara Sarbat Khalsa Prospect where more than 6,000 members of the Sikh community gathered wearing different coloured turbans and also having Kesari flags (traditional saffron coloured flags) in their hands.

The religious diwans (meetings) were held at the Gurudwara Sahib and the history of the holy day and the birth of Khalsa Panth, was narrated by different narrators in different ways.

Bhai Bhupinder Singh, president of the Gurudwara Sahib, narrated the 10th Guru’s message that how Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji eliminated casteism and racism. The day has been celebrated in throughout the World since then.

There was also a set up tea and langar (holy kitchen) inside and outside the Gurudwara, which offer free vegetarian meals to all attendees without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity.

 

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