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Sikhs celebrate 300 years

Monday, October 27, 2008

THE celebration of 300 years of the holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, culminated with a march by Sikhs from the around the country yesterday.

Sikhs marched through Votua Road in Samabula through to Princess and along Ratu Mara Road back to the temple, where they performed the bhangra, a traditional Punjabi dance.

Ajesh Singh, who attended the celebrations, said the aim of event was to connect Sikhs to the guru.

The celebrations started with anfim salok paaph, a prayer on Saturday, and nishan sahib sewa, the changing of the flag.

Men wearing orange turbans joined women and children mainly from the Central Division.

The event was marked with a march from the Samabula temple through Princess Road then back to the temple.

A ritual was also performed yesterday with five warriors dressed in traditional costumes who led the procession holding swords to protect the holy script.

Women and children joined in the procession reciting hymns from the Sri Guru Granth.

Adi granth, which literally means the first book, is the early compilation of the Sikh scriptures by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Sikh Guru in 1604.

The book is the holy scripture of the Sikhs.

The holy volume was compiled by Guru Arjan from AD 1563 to 1606. It consists of 974 leaves, or 1948 pages, 12 inches by eight inches.


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