Sikh devotees throng Golden Temple on Gurpurab

pun11Amritsar, Punjab: A sea of devotees thronged the Golden Temple to participate in the Guru Nanak Dev birth anniversary celebrations where, they also witnessed ‘deepmala’, ‘aatishbazi’ and ‘jalau’- a splendid show of rare Sikh artifacts. The celebrations virtually took off with the “Parkash” of Guru Granth Sahib at 1 am. Lakhs of devotees prayed before the “Guru” in the sanctum sanctorum. The celebrations continued till late in the night with the “sangat” reciting “baani” in the Parkarma.

One of the biggest attractions for visiting devotees was “jalau”, the display of valuable historical Sikh artifacts, most of which belong to the golden era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The famed “Naulakha Haar”, “Sehra of Kunwar Naunihal Singh,” and a diamond-studded “Chattar” were part of the “jalau”.

Jaswinder Singh Jassi, information officer of the SGPC, said nowadays, “jalau” was arranged on six occasions in a year-the birth anniversaries of Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Ramdas, Guru Gobind Singh, the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, “Meeri Peeri Diwas”, and the first “Parkash Purb” of Guru Granth Sahib.

Person in charge of the publicity wing of the SGPC Bhai Ram Singh said devotees also lit candles and lamps in the evening when “deepmala” and “aatishbazi” were organised at the Golden Temple.

The spectacular ‘aatishbazi’ was with a difference this year as no “ground-based” firecrackers were burst and only “air-bound” crackers were used.


  1. Gurinder johal

    I was at Golden temple of birthday of gururamdass ji,sitting with closed eyes listening to the eternal kirtan which was so mesmerising,suddenly therewas thunders of crackers all spiritual enviorment and voice of ragies disappered in the sound of fire crakers, I was surpriesd when i saw the Golden temple has also been engulfed by the smoke relesed by the crackers,a thick cloud of smoke was gathered around the golden dome,I was also surprised the aoumt being spent on the fir crakers, can that not be used to make Amritsar green,can that amount not be used to spread awareness abou HIV AIDS,CANCER etc.
    are we not forgetting messege of babananak ji

  2. Jagjit singh mukandpuri

    The real sense of the Gurpurabs and other Purabs related with Sikhism is to follow the teachings of Guru Sahib, otherwise it is just like the rituals. Sat Sri Akal.

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