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A New Year's prayer

More than 25,000 devotees participated in a religious programme held at Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara from December 30 to January 1, to usher in 2014

Punjabis in Navi Mumbai brought in the New Year in a grand way at the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Sanpada. The three-day religious programme was organised by the Supreme Council Navi Mumbai Gurdwaras in association with their youth wing called Guru Sewak Jatha from December 30to January 1 with great religious fervour.

FAITHFUL: The Guru Sewak Jatha, the youth wing of the the Supreme Council Navi Mumbai Gurdwaras, replicated the Shri Hemkunt Sahib for this year’s pandal design
Faithful: The Guru Sewak Jatha, the youth wing of the the Supreme Council Navi Mumbai Gurdwaras, replicated the Shri Hemkunt Sahib for this year’s pandal design

The Mahaan Gurubani Kirtan Samagam was held at the sector 9 gurdwara on all three days and attracted more than 25,000 devotees of the Sikh community.

A spiritual atmosphere was created with the sounds of Gurbani kirtans, effective display of fireworks and showering of rose petals through a mechanical device.

Faithful: The Guru Sewak Jatha, the youth wing of the the Supreme Council Navi Mumbai Gurdwaras, replicated the Shri Hemkunt Sahib for this year’s pandal design

The Guru Sewak Jatha has been organising the Gurbani Classical Feat programme for the fifth consecutive year now. As part of the event, prominent Sikh Ragis or Kirtaneaas were invited from Punjab and Chandigarh to perform. Hymns from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib were classically rendered.

“The popularity of this programme has grown tremendously over the years. The presence of the community members at the Samagam had doubled as compared to last year. The huge gathering of devotees joined the chanting of Satnam Waheguru, seeking blessings for a happy and prosperous year 2014,” said Mehar Singh Randhawa, general secretary, Supreme Council Navi Mumbai Gurdwaras. Well-known people, like MP Dr Sanjeev Naik, MLC Sardar Charan Singh Sapra, and Thane MLA Eknath Shinde visited the pandal and addressed the gathering.

The Guru Sewak Jatha is known for creating innovative pandals for the occasion. While they recreated Amritsar’s Golden Temple the previous year, this year they replicated another Sikh place of worship — Shri Hemkunt Sahib, situated in the snow-laden hills of Uttarakhand. This was done using a three-dimensional structural technique and combination of lighting effects. The pandal became a centre of attraction for the visiting devotees.

“The community has drawn out a very promising calendar of events in the coming years to expand its activities. This includes organising sports competitions for the youth, organising blood donation camps and welfare centres for senior citizens,” explained Harjinder Singh Saini, a member of the planning committee.

The event concluded with a skilled show of the Sikh martial arts form Gatka. In this, wooden sticks are used to
imitate swords in sparring matches, and this was performed with great professional dexterity. The performance was highly appreciated by the audience.

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