Tribune News Service
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 27. The three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela concluded here today amid performing of religious ceremonies. A nagar kirtan was taken out from Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib. The palanquin carrying Guru Granth Sahib was placed on a well decorated vehicle.
Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar, Akal Takhat; Tarlochan Singh, head priest, Gurdwara Keshgarh Sahib; Giani Mal Singh, head priest, Golden Temple; Harnam Singh Dhuma, head, Damdami Taksal; and Baba Nihal Singh, head, Budha Dal; were among those who participated in the congregation.
The palanquin was escorted by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli, SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra, former minister Dr Harbans Lal, former MLA Didar Singh Bhatti and other political leaders.
Lakhs of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad also participated. Performances by school bands, gatka teams, nihangs, kirtani jathas, Sukhmani Sahib sewa societies, students of Mata Gujri College, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University and Akal Academy Baru Sahib charged the atmosphere.
Addressing the devotees, Gurbachan Singh urged the devotees to follow the path as shown by the Sikh gurus. He lashed out at leaders of various political parties for printing their photographs along with Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh and Mata Gujri.
SGPC president Avtar Singh said Thande Burj and Garhi of Chamkaur Sahib would be reconstructed to give it a historic look so that future generations of the community could remember the great sacrifices made by the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh. He said renovation of the historic haveli of Diwan Todar Mal would be completed by next year.