May 07, 2015 09:43 PM

 Barnala/Joga/Mansa (Akhilesh Bansal)

The unique initiative of Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) – the Dharmik Darshan Yatra – today passed through the areas of Barnala, Joga and Mansa reaching Barnala 24 hours later than the scheduled time due to unprecedented rush of devotees. Conceding to the demands of devotees, Punjab government has now re-scheduled the yatra.  Now on May 8 devotees can have darshan of the relics at Mansa, Maur and Takht Sri Damdama Sahib. On May 9 and May 10, the yatra would halt at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo where devotees can have darshan. Later on May 11, the bus carrying Guru Ji’s relics would move towards the areas of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Bathinda and further towards Gidderbaha. Similarly on May 12 the yatra would pass through areas of Gidderbaha, Malout and Sri Muktsar Sahib. On May 13 the yatra would put a halt at Sri Muktsar Sahib - the historic land of 40 muktas where people can have proper darshan of relics. Schedule of yatra after May 13 would be issued later on.  Traversing the districts of Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala and Mansa the yatra was given rousing floral welcome to Badbar area of district Barnala at 10: 30 am district amidst finely decorated welcome gates and hymns by the devotees. Earlier in the morning, the yatra entered into Barnala district from Badbar area where CPS Sant Balbir Singh Ghunas, former principal secretary CM Punjab Mr Darbara Singh Guru, DC Mr Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu, Mr SSP Upinderjit Singh Ghumman, district planning committee chairman Mr Rupinder Singh Sidhu and several others welcomed it. Eager to have a glimpse of the relics, which created ripples in the history of Sikhism and humanity, the devotees genuflected and paid obeisance. The yatra carries relics of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib, Sri Guru Teg Bahadar Sahib and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji displayed in a specially crafted 33 feet long bus. At Gurudwara Bibi Pradhan Kaur religious sermons were held. At Badbar and Gurudwara Bibi Pradhan Kaur the gatka groups presented their performances, while ragi and dhadhi jathas stirred souls with kirtan. Aimed at providing insight of the holy relics, strengthening the Sikh belief and connecting younger generation with the teachings of Gurus, the yatra has become epicenter of discussion for the youngsters in state. Basking in the glory of religious fervor and blessings of the Gurus, the yatra saw a unique combination of the youngsters and grownups bowing their heads in complete devotion. Merging the devotion with technology, youngsters were seen clicking selfies on their smart phones and sharing these on social networking sites. Many had even posted these selfies as their display pictures on the social network media. It also saw people sending live feed in form of streaming videos to their NRI relatives. “We have known the history of valor and bravery of Sikh Gurus since our childhood. But seeing the relics of our Great Gurus was an overwhelming experience. I feel connected to them in an all together different manner,” said Rupinderjit Kaur, a devotee present at Dhanaula town.  The youngsters participating in nagar kirtan near village Dhola carried an infectious enthusiasm raising slogans of Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. Adding to the atmosphere’s devotion were the youngsters from schools, colleges and youth clubs. Busy preparing langar for the devotees along the road towards Joga, volunteers doled out delicacies of jalebi, pakoras, bananas, laddoos, set up chhabeels and were engrossed in sewa. Young devotees also served burgers to the devotees. Such deeply were the devotees engrossed in darshan of relics that the pace of moving bus had to be slowed down and entire yatra has been re-scheduled. The bus carrying relics had to be halted for long intervals at many places and slowed down at others as thousands of devotees vied to reach out to Gurus’ relics and have its darshan. The unprecedented footfall of devotees delayed yatra by several hours at various places. Making an exit from Barnala district from village Pakhoke, the yatra would reach Joga area of Mansa late evening. At Mansa, MLA Mansa Mr Prem Mittal, MLA Budhlada Mr Chitan Singh Samao, DC Mr Bhupinder Singh Rai, SSP Mr Bhupinder Singh Khattra, chairman district planning committee Mr Prem Arora, zila parishad chairman Sukhdev Singh Chainewala and others would welcome the procession. At village Ralla arrangements were made for langar for 50000 devotees. In Mansa, the yatra would cover 40 kms of area. 

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