Bhubaneswar– The Sikh community of Bhubaneswar celebrated the 550th Guru Nanak Dev Ji, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha. The day marked the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak,  AND is one of the most sacred festivals for the Sikhs.  People of almost all communities partook of the langar at the Gurudwara.

On the occasion , the Gurudwara was draped in colours of devotion and prayers as the city’s Sikh community prayed and sought blessings. The celebrations commenced early in the morning, the time of the day referred to as Amrit Vela. The day began with the singing of Asaa-Ki-Vaar (morning hymns). Kirtan was organized, followed by langar, which was attended by nearly ten thousand devotees from all sections of the society.  

A delegation of the Rashtriya Swaymsevak Sangh (RSS) led by Samir Kumar Mohanty, the Pranta Sanghachalak and Gopal Prasad Mohapatra, Kshetra Karyabaha offered prayers.  In Nagpur too, the RSS Chief, Mohan Bhagwat attended the celebrations at the Mankapur Indoor Stadium in Nagpur. In the official tweet of the RSS, the organisation wrote “This year is the 550th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. It is Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji’s legacy that gave the country a magnificent and majestic tradition of ten gurus who removed our motherland of penury and inferiority”.

The delegation comprising of Sudarshan Das, Sumanta Kumar Panda, Tanmya Mohapatra, Dr. Basanta Pati, Niranjan Nayak and others offered prayers.  Samir Mohanty said that Guru Nanak Dev traveled far and wide, teaching people the message of one God who dwells in every one of His creations and constitutes the eternal Truth. Gopal Prasad Mohapatra  said that Guru Nanak’s message of  all religions having merit and the is necessity of learning  from each other to ensure harmonious living is as relevant today as it was when he lived. His teachings were based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.

Historian Anil Dhir, who accompanied the delegation said that relevance of Guru Nanak’s visit to Puri in 1506  CE and the impact it had on the spread of Jagannath Cult in Northern Indian has nor been studied till date. He said that the Puri temple has deep connections with the Sikh faith and there has been an uninterrupted   flow of devotees from Punjab since the last five centuries.   

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