Jagriti Yatra at Jammu
Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra reached Jammu during a heavy downpour, (a regular tufani barish), which did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds who had been waiting for weeks to see the Shastars and personal items of Guru Gobind Singh ji.
The 3 km long yatra which was scheduled to reach Jammu on 4th April at 04:00pm but reached at 06:00am on 5th April was delayed, by the heavy turnout of sikh sangat of Jammu and Kashmir, while the Yatra was enroute from Lakhanpur to Jammu.
The ‘Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra’, which remained Jammu for three days, received huge reception in the City and Gurudwaras by the people from all walks of life.
A sea of humanity was witnessed at Gurudwara Maharani Chand Kaur (Gumat) when the ‘Jagriti Yatra’ reached at 4.50 pm this afternoon and was kept for paying obeisance by the people.
The yatra carrying ‘Shastras’ of Guru Gobind Singh ji and sacred ‘Guru Granth Sahib ji’ started from Gurdwara Sant Mela Singh Dastkari Ashram (Digiana) , where it had reached last night from RS Pura, at 11.30 am. As a huge number of people had gathered enroute to receive the yatra and welcome it, it took the yatra to reach Maharani Chand Kour Samadh at Gumat nearly five and a half hours.
A large number of people had gathered at Maharani Chand Kour Samadh to receive the ‘Jagriti Yatra’. They paid obeisance to the yatra till 7 pm.
The function among others was also attended by Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
At 7 pm, the ‘Jagriti Yatra’ left Gurudwara Maharani Chand Kaur (Gumat) for Rehari Gurudwara. It passed from JP Chowk, Indira Chowk, KC Crossing, Shakuntla Crossing, Maheshpura Chowk, Bakshi Nagar Gurudwara, Army Office Road and BC Road to reach Rehari Gurudwara late in the night.
All along the road, people queued up in large number to welcome the yatra.
Addressing the gathering at Maharani Chand Kour Samadh, Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) S. K. Sinha called for preserving the unity of the nation and urged the people to take inspiration from the life and teachings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
He said that Guruji fought tyranny and injustice and offered a supreme sacrifice for just and noble cause.
Gen Sinha said that he was blessed to participate in the reception for paying obeisance to the Shastra of Guru Gobind Singh ji and hoped that the people will imbibe the spirit of valour and sacrifice from the life of the great Guru.
The Governor said that he has been paying obeisance to Guru Maharaj from his childhood, as he was greatly influenced by his teachings. He recalled his birth in close vicinity of Patna Sahib Gurudwara in Bihar.
Saying that ‘Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra, is promoting love, brotherhood and harmony, Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that congenial atmosphere generated by the yatra since its arrival here on Friday was a pleasant site.
Addressing the congregation, the Chief Minister said that people of different faiths had greeted the yatra in large number at Lakhanpur when it entered Jammu & Kashmir. He said the people of other faiths showed love and respect for the yatra which was typical of secular ethos of State. He said Jammu & Kashmir was known for communal amity and brotherhood that was sought to be disrupted by some elements during the past two decades. He said the people of the State frustrated such designs and kept the flag of secularism and communal harmony aloft.
Mr Azad said that all spiritual personalities have spent a difficult life and offered sacrifices without moving an inch away from their chosen path. He said it was due to their teaching and practice that human values traveled from earlier generations to us. He said it was imperative that people remained closely attached with their noble message and propagate love and affection.
The Chief Minister said that Guru Gobind Singhji, whose weapons form part of the yatra, was a symbol of sacrifice who worked for eradication of inequality and untouchability. He said the three generations of the Guru offered sacrifices.
Governor, Lt. Gen. (Retd), S. K. Sinha and Minister for Higher Education, Gulchain Singh Charak also spoke on the occasion. Minister of State for PHE, Manjit Singh and Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council, Arvinder Singh were also present.