Amid curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities in the parts of Srinagar, the Sikhs on Monday paid homage to their fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji on his 411-martyrdom anniversary.
A day long Shaheedi Smagam (Martyr Programme) was organized by Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee Budgam, (GPC) in collaboration with Sewadars (Volunteers) at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga, Barzulla.
The Smagam was followed by recitation of Gurbani Kirtan (Musical recitation of hymns from the Sikhs holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib) where devotes were briefed about the history of this day by various speakers.
Thousands of devotees including men, women children and old attended the Smagam.
The speakers during the Smagam said that on June 16, 1606, Guru Arjan Dev Ji was martyred after tortured by the then Mughal Emperor. “The Guru Arjan Dev Ji was made to sit on a burning hot sheet while boiling hot sand was poured over his body. After enduring five days of unrelenting torture, Guru Ji was taken for a bath in the river. On the sixth day he was taken for a bath in the river and never seen again,” a speaker said.
“We celebrate this day every year to pay homage to our beloved Guru. People of Sikh Community hailing from different regions of our valley today use to come here and paid tribute to Guru Arjan Dev Ji,” a volunteer Davinder Singh told Kashmir Vision.
“We have great respect and high regards for every religion as well as for an individual. Our Guru Ji taught us do not believe in cast system, live with humanity ideology. Give equal rights to every individual including a woman in the society as well in the Gurdwara,” Singh added.
Besides offering Chabeel (Cool, sweet and non-alcoholic drink) to the devotees, many other food refreshment stalls were offered on the stalls by various volunteer Sikh groups.
However, a volunteer youth group from Delhi and Punjab had also organized food stalls.
Interestingly, the devotees also prayed for the return of peace in Kashmir and for live long Kashmiriyat while Guru Ka Langar (Free food) was served among the devotees during the Smagan.