Hundreds of devout Sikh NRIs have trooped in here for celebrations in connection with the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, and are enthusiastically performing ‘seva’ or voluntary service.
These NRIs — including businesswomen, doctors, lawyers, technical consultants and professionals from other fields — are quite gung-ho about their selfless religious activities.
Shri Guru Gobind Singh JiThey said they were lucky to get an opportunity to participate in the religious event and do something for thousands of devotees from India and abroad who have congregated at Takht Sri Harimandir ji Patna Sahib — the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh — as well as other Sikh holy places to participate in the celebrations. The celebrations kicked off on Tuesday and will continue till January 5.
Jaipal Kaur and Kiran Kaur, both NRIs from the United Kingdom, said they were quite happy and considered themselves fortunate to serve as ‘sevadars’ or volunteers at the ‘langar’ (community kitchens) at Takht Sri Harimandir ji Patna Sahib, about 10 km from state capital Patna, during the celebration of the ‘Prakash Utsav’ or birth anniversary. Both said hundreds of NRI sikhs from the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany and France were enthusiastically offering voluntary services — one of the core tenets of Sikhism — at different ‘langars’ in ‘Guru ki Nagri’ (Guru’s abode) sprawled between Patna and the historic gurdwara.