Guru Nanak’s anniversary: Muslims too join nagar kirtan
ATTARI: Not only Sikhs from Nankana Sahib and Hindu followers of Guru Nanak Dev from the Sindh province of Pakistan participated in a nagar kirtan, but many Muslim families of Nankana Sahib accompanied it to Wagah border in their vehicles on Thursday.
Dedicated to Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary, the SGPC began an international nagar kirtan from Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, birth place of Guru Nanak, after the bhog of akhand path. The palanquin of Guru Granth Sahib was placed in a flower-decked bus, which was led by panj piaras. The ‘ardasiya’ of Golden Temple, Bhai Sultan Singh, performed the ardas before beginning of the nagar kirtan. It passed though the Sikh-populated areas of old Nankana Sahib, including Mohalla Bal Leela, before heading for Wagah border amid heavy security.
8/2/2019 Guru Nanak’s anniversary: Muslims too join nagar kirtan Procession enters India at Wagah border A large number of Sindhi followers of Guru Nanak, Sikh and Muslims from Nankana Sahib accompanied the process in their vehicles up to Wagah border. Pakistan’s Khalistani Sikh leader Gopal Singh Chawla whom the government had removed from both Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) under India’s pressure was seen standing near the dais with the Indian Sikh leadership before beginning of the nagar kirtan.
Chawla also uploaded his pictures and a video where he was seen walking along the procession on his Facebook account. In his video message, Chawla is heard eulogising Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. “I am thankful to Imran Khan for giving permission to take out nagar kirtan at the eleventh hour on July 31,” he said.
8/2/2019 Guru Nanak’s anniversary: Muslims too join nagar kirtan Golden Temple head granthi carries ‘saroop’ of Guru Granth Sahib on his head TOI also spoke to a Muslim shopkeeper of Nankana Sahib, Kashif Khan, who, along with his family members, was travelling to Wagah border along with the religious procession. “Baba Nanak is revered by all and it’s a matter of pride for us that the holy saint was born at Nankana Sahib.” He said there were many Muslim families like theirs who were accompanying the nagar kirtan.
Gurdwara Chowa Sahib to open today Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) will open Gurdwara Chowa Sahib in Jhelum town on Friday. ETPB chairman Amir Ahmad told TOI after the departure of nagar kirtan from Nankana Sahib,
“We will open it on Friday.” Located near Kabuli Gate of Rohtas fort in Jhelum town of Pakistan, the gurdwara commemorates the site 8/2/2019 Guru Nanak’s anniversary: Muslims too join nagar kirtan where Guru Nanak Dev is believed to have found water during his fourth ‘udasi’ (journey) in 1521. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had built the gurdwara along with a sarovar (holy pond) in 1834 and christened it Gurdwara Chowa Sahib. “Keeping in view the historical importance of the gurdwara and its association with Baba Nanak, we decided to open the shrine and restore it to its pristine glory,” said Amir
Courtesy : TNN