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A Guru's sacrifice remembered


A large number of devotees accorded a rousing reception to the nagar kirtan (A kirtan in which the entire sangat sings and chants together while walking in a parade like procession) that crossed over to Pakistan from the Wagah Border. This is the first time, after the Partition, that a nagar kirtan was taken out from Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar to Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore, to mark the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev.

Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh Guru of the ten Gurus of Sikhism and the first Sikh martyr. He is highly revered by the Sikhs for the sacrifices he made for his principles and for the Sikh people.

Image: Golden Temple head granthi Gurbachan Singh sits with the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, as Punj Pyare (five beloved ones) holding swords pay obeisance prior to a procession from the Gurdwara Ramsar to the Sri Darbar Sahib at Tran Taran about 28 kms from Amritsar on June 4, in preparation for the 400th Martyrdom Anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev.

Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier slide show: The Ten Jewels of Sikhism

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