Friday, 26 March 2010

Banda Bahadur’s celebrations begin

**80-member SGPC team leaves for Nanded**

Thousands of Sikhs will participate in a over 4,000-km-long march scheduled to begin from Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib at Nanded, Maharashtra, to Fatehgarh Sahib on March 30, kickstarting the six-week-long tercentenary celebrations to mark the Sirhind victory of Banda Bahadur.

The Hazoor Sahib-Fatehgarh Sahib sojourn will culminate at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib on May 12. Sikhs from all over the world will participate in the celebrations, the first of its kind to be organised by the SGPC in the memory of Banda Bahadur.

An 80-member team of SGPC officials, led by Giani Sukhjinder Singh, head granthi of the Golden Temple, Bhai Sukhjinder Singh and Panj Piaras- Bhai Satnam Singh, Bhai Karan Singh, Bhai Joginder Singh, Bhai Paramjit Singh, and Bhai Komal Singh- left for Nanded today in a caravan of over 20-25 vehicles. They will reach Nanded on March 28 and lead a march of thousands of Sikhs from Nanded to Fatehgarh Sahib on March 30.

“The Sikhs participating in the march will pass through four states and will halting at 38 places enroute to Fatehgarh Sahib where they will be part of Banda Bahadur Sirhind Fateh Diwas celebrations. In fact, the six-week-long Sirhind Fateh Diwas will get initiated with the start of the nagar kirtan from Hazoor Sahib on March 30,” said SGPC chief Avtar Singh.

SGPC officials and Sikh religious leaders are expected to lead one of the longest religious marches in the history of the country in shifts and turns.

The SGPC has made arrangements for the display of historic weapons and for showcasing of achievements of Banda Bahadur with the help of a documentary film and still portraits. Over six buses will carry these articles from the SGPC office to Hazoor Sahib from where these exhibition vehicles will become part of the 4,000-km-long sojourn.

Varinder Singh, Tribune News Service, Amritsar, March 25

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