Today, the world is celebrating birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, who was born to the Ninth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Teg Bahadur and Mata Gujri at Patna Sahib in 1666. Guru Gobind Singh ascended to become the Tenth Guru of Sikhs at the age of nine, when his father accepted martyrdom at the hands of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to protect Kashmiri Hindus.
A Langar was organised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Executive Member, Raman Suri, at Lakhdata Bazar to commemorate this auspicious day. The practice of Langar was introduced in Sikhism by its founder, Guru Nanak Dev. In Langar, free meal is served to all visitors without any distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity.
The langar saw a huge gathering of people.Prominent social personality, Mahant Sh. Rajesh Bittu of Radha Madhav Trust, R.S. Pura adorned the occasion with his presence. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Guru Gobind Singh ji is one of the most celebrated Guru in Sikhism. I wish each and every fellow being a Happy Gurupurab and pray that the Guru grace falls upon each one of us.” He also appreciated Raman Suri for organising the Langar on this pious day and celebrating the birth of Guru Gobind Singh.
After distributing the Langar, Raman Suri addressed the gathering and said, “World over, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is being celebrated with huge love, devotion and enthusiasm. Having command over Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Braj, Gurmukhi and Persian, Guru Gobind Singh’s message was to be a saint in mind, be sweet in behaviour and have warrior-like courage in arms. He always stood against injustice and when he left this world, he directed Sikhs to consider Guru Granth Sahib as their next Guru.
Raman Suri added, the purpose of organising this langar is to spread the message of peace, love and brotherhood, as preached by the Gurus. “On this auspicious day, let’s pray for the well being of every human, every animal, every bird and every living being. Let’s pray and resolve to make this world a happy, healthy and peaceful place to live.” He also thanked everyone for being a part of the occasion and pledged to take J&K, and ultimately India, to new heights.
Social activists, Sh. Balraj Babbar, Sh. Sanjay Suri, Sh. Mahesh ChanderPadha of J&K Tourist Trade People’s Federation, Sh. Kuldeep Singh Panch and many others were also present on the occasion along with members of Tourism Federation of Jammu and Lakhdata Bazar.