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Subedar Singh Nihal | HENB | Bhgyanagar (Hyderabad ) | Dec 14, 2016:: The Jagriti Yatra, in which hundreds of Sikh devotees and other members of Hindus and other communities took part, was restarted from Central Gurudwara Sahib, Gowliguda near Koti on Tuesday.
The members of Sikh community from Hyderabad and neighbouring districts of the State were present in large numbers to welcome the Jagriti Yatra, which reached Hyderabad on Monday night.
The yatra arrived from Nagpur. Scores of devotees thronged the streets to get a glimpse of Jagriti Yatra, a decorated bus carrying weapons including swords, spears, arrows and daggers and a hand written Guru Granth Sahib belonging to the period AD 1666 to 1708.
The yatra was flagged off by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar from Takht Harmandir Sahib, Patna on October 13. It is a journey of awakening and enlightening, as part of 350th birth anniversary celebrations of the Guru.
It was kept for display during Vishal Deewan (mass congregation) which was held at Quli Qutub Shah Stadium near High Court on Tuesday for offering prayers by the devotees.
It left to Takhat Hazur Sahib (Nanded) in Maharashtra in the evening before going to Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab. The yatra is being organised by the prabandhak committee of the Patna Saheb Gurdwara.
The Sikh community is going to celebrate the occasion on a very large scale and this yatra has been started to make the people aware about their guru, his sacrifices and his contribution.
The yatra traversed various parts of the city. The weapons are otherwise preserved at the Patna Saheb Gurdwara. Jagriti Yatra in the form of Nagar Kirtan (Holy Procession) is travelling across length and breadth of the country.
The Jagriti Yatra is a journey of awakening and enlightening and was taken out as part of 350th birth anniversary celebrations of last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singhji in an attempt to make people aware about the guru’s sacrifices and contribution to the nation.
The Telengana and Andhra Chapter of Jagriti Yatra will traverse through all the districts before ending in Hyderabad on December 18. Scores of Sikh devotees thronged Gowliguda to get a glimpse of Jagriti Yatra, a state-of-the-art decorated bus carrying the different weapons such as a sword, spear, arrow and dagger and a Guru Granth Sahib. For the benefit of devotees, it will be kept for display at the Gurudwaras in the state.
To celebrate Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary on January 5, 2017, the Hindus and Sikhs are united to spread the unique message of Guru for the sacrifices and contribution to the nation. The yatra is being organised by Central Gurudwara Sahib Gowliguda with cooperation of all the Prabhandak Committees of Sikh Gurudwaras in the twin cities and districts. The community will celebrate the Prakash Purab of Guru Gobind Singh on a large scale from Jan 3 to 5, 2017.
Major celebrations will be held on January 5 at Nizam’s College Grounds in which 50,000 Sikh devotees from across the state will participate in ‘Vishal Deewan’ (Mass Congregation) from 10 am to 4 pm.