Bangalore,India:With Guru Nanak Gurpurab around the corner, celebrations have started with Nagar Kirtan. On Sunday, the Sikh community in the city took out a procession from the Gurdwara in Ulsoor all the way till Commercial Street. Devotees sang bhajans and chanted the name of Guru Nanak during the march.
Mahinder Singh, a volunteer with Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, said: “Everybody takes part in Nagar Kirtan irrespective of their faith. Our celebrations start three days prior to Guru Nanak Jayanti, Nagar Kirtan being a part of the festival. Hymns are sung by the Sikh Sangat while Guru Granth Sahib is carried on a float so that people can pay their respects. Guru Nanak always wanted the community to stay together and promote equality. I am very happy to be a part of this legacy.”
The community also promotes communal harmony and working for the betterment of mankind and hence involve everyone irrespective of the religion and caste.
Rajinder Kaur, a railway official, said: “We take part in the Nagar Kirtan as it is an important part of our celebrations, leading to Guru Nanak Gurpurab. My family and I always come to witness the procession that is so special to us. People of other communities also take part in the procession.”
Some community members have been coming to the area for years and have never failed to contribute their bit for the community. Harpreet Singh, a businessman, said: “I have been coming to the procession every year. I try not to miss it as it is part of Guru Nanak dev gurpurab celebrations and it has a special place in my heart. I live by Nanak’s words. I try to be a part of the reading of Guru Granth Sahib, one of the principle during these three days. I have been attending the Prabhat Pheris too. It makes me happy to see everyone participating in the Nagar Kirtan.