An impressive `Shobha Yatra' was taken out today in the city by the members of Sikh community on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Decorated with flowers and colorful material, Holy Guru Granth Sahib was placed on 'Baggi' (chariot).
The Head Granthi and other religious personalities on the 'Rath' delivered holy sermons and religious slogans.
`Panj Piyare', carrying swords and clad in traditional dress, were leading the Shobha Yatra followed by chariot.
The youth and specially the children, were seen full of enthusiasm and zest. Many Sikh youth, were seen displaying their skills of martial art with swords, spear and other weapons during Shobha Yatra, which passed through different areas of the city amid tight security arrangements.
After crossing Dogra Chowk, Tawi Bridge and Bikram Chowk, the Shobha Yatra reached at Asia Crossing and then moved towards Gandhi Nagar. On the way, several organisations from the other communities had set up stalls of eatables and Sharbat/ drinks.
They greeted the devotees and also joined them on the occasion of Gurpurab celebrations.
The Nagar-Kirtan after passing through Green Belt, Gandhi Nagar Gurdawara Fateh Singh and Gole Market, finally culminated at Nanak Nagar Gurdawara.
The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements in view of the Shobha Yatra.
Meanwhile, several educational institutions also celebrated Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev ji.
Kotwal National Institute of Teaching Bharat Nagar Talab Tillo celebrated Guru Nanak Dev ji's Guruparv in school premises.
The students and the faculty participated in the celebrations. The students recited Gurbani and shabad – kirtan on this occasion. The speakers impressed upon the students and others to follow the teachings of the Guru.
It was felt that the need of the hour is to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak who gave the message of Universal Brotherhood- 'Sanji Walta'.
The Director of the school, Prof. J L Kotwal who was the main dignitary and The Principal were presented with 'Saropa' on the occasion. The key note address was delivered by Dr. Baljeet Singh, a senior faculty member.
'Prashad' was also distributed among the students. The Director, Prof Kotwal said that people should make a pledge on the day to follow the teachings of the Guru as they are the only solution to the world peace and co-existence of the humanity.
Similarly, Nightingale Pre-school Jammu also celebrated Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Birthday with great enthusiasm and zeal in the school premises. Students of primary classes organized a skit throwing light on life history of 'Guru Nanak'- first Guru of Sikhs.
The students also spoke about Guru Nanak Dev ji. 'Shabad Kirtan and Paath' was the main highlight of the event. Principal of the school, Sonia Jain advised the students to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak Ji.
A special assembly was held in which the teachers gave the demonstration to the students regarding the occasion. In the end, sweets were distributed among the students.