The Sikh pilgrims across the country and abroad thronged the gurdwara in Assam’s Dhubri on Sunday and took participate in a nagar kirtan (religious procession) that ‘transformed’ this historical town into a small Punjab.

On the second day of the occasion of the 344th Shahid Divas (martyrdom day) of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth guru of the Sikhs, nearly 10,000 devotees from the region and across the country participated in the nagar kirtan.

The rally started from Dhubri Gurdwara Sahib and passed through N S Road at New Market, Guru Teg Bahadur Road via Bidyapara.

Thousands of people converged on the roadside and extended support and service to the devotees.

As part of the three-day celebrations that began on Friday, Sikh Pratinidhi Board (Eastern Zone), Lions Club,Kalibari Committee, Rotary Club and other social organizations offered free services like food and water among the devotees.

“Apart from the religious activities, a free health camps and other social welfare activities like the distribution of blankets to disabled and needy peoples below poverty line  has also been organized in and around the Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahibji popularly known as Dhubri Gurudwara which was established by the ninth guru,” said Sardar Kulwant Singh, general secretary of the Sikh Pratinidhi Board, Eastern Zone.

Monday is the last day of the celebrations.

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SPBEZ has made elaborately arrangements in order to accommodate the devotees at the gurdwara premises while guru ka langar (community feast) was served in its backyard round the clock, as informed by G Singh, manager of Dhubri Gurudwara Sahib.

Apart from the Dhubri district administration and police, the North East Frontier Railway has also left no stone unturned to make this event a grand success.

In order to ease the to and from journey of the thousands devotees across the State, a special train from Assam’s Dibrugarh town has arrived here.

One help desk for guiding the devotees to the Gurudwara safely has also been arranged at Dhubri station and one special booking counter has also been opened for easy conveniences of the devotees.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com