Time With Nagar Kirtan 2013 at Bangalore

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Nagar Kirtan is a procession taken out by the Sikhs wherever they are in considerable numbers. Nagar Kirtan literally means singing of divine hymns around the town. Typically, the procession is taken out before the Prakash utsav in the month of Vaisakhi. I have seen this procession before in Bangalore. But this is the first time, I have been part of it to capture the lively proceedings. The procession started from the Gurudwara located at Ulsoor, and took the route through – ulsoor road – MG road – Kamaraj road – Central Street – Infantry road – Dispensary road – St. John’s road – Gangadhar Chetty road – Ulsoor Gurudwara.

I joined the procession at Ulsoor road. Vibrantly dressed kids, young and old were part of the procession. One of the trucks was nicely decorated and it contained the Guru Granth Sahib (holy scripture of Sikhs). At the other end of the truck, please were singing religious hymns. At the front of the truck there were 5 khalsas with swords in their hand and led by one with a flag. At the front of the procession, there were Sewadar (volunteer) who were cleaning the way with broomstick for the khalsas who were working bare feet. I was asked by one of the volunteer to tie a cloth on the head and I happily did. Through out the route volunteers were distributing fruits, fruit juice, biscuits, snacks, tea, food and water. At some places volunteers displayed sword playing etc. It was dark when we reached the Gurudwara again. I signed off by taking a lit shot of the Gurudwara.

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