Sikh NRIs offer voluntary service at Patna Sahib
The Bihar government had announced a three-day holiday during the �Prakash Parv� celebrations.
Patna celebrated 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh. The Bihar's capital is also the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh. The celebrations started on December 30, and will conclude on January 5.
Hundreds of Sikh NRIs participate enthusiastically performing ‘kar seva’ or voluntary service as devout Sikhs.
Many of these NRIs , including businesswomen, doctors, lawyers, technical consultants and professionals from other fields believed that they were lucky to get an opportunity to participate in the religious event and do something for the devotees, according to IANS report.
The celebration has kicked off on Tuesday and thousands of devotees from India and abroad have congregated at Takht Sri Harimandir ji Patna Sahib.
According to the rerport, 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.
The duo 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.
Earlier, the Bihar government had announced a three-day holiday during the ‘Prakash Parv’ celebrations.
Guru Gobind Singh was born on December 22, 1666, to ninth Sikh master, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Mata Gujri. He was annointed the supreme leader of the Sikhs at the age of nine, becoming the last of the living Sikh gurus.