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Dhubri, Dec. 8: The Sikh Pratinidhi Board, eastern zone, will organise a blood donation camp and distribute blankets, bedsheets, pillows and fruits to patients in Dhubri Civil Hospital tomorrow, on the eve of the 335th Swahidi Divas (martyrdom day) of the ninth guru of Sikh religion, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji.

The organisation, representing the Sikhs in the eastern zone, however, started its three-day programme with prayers from today.

The board’s secretary, Sardar Kulwant Singh, said they were happy this time because most of the major works, including the renovation of a Sikh museum-cum-library on the shrine premises and installation drinking water pump, had been completed.

The state government has given Rs 5 lakh for its renovation under its scheme to protect century-old religious places. The drinking water pump was installed at a cost of Rs 7 lakh sanctioned by PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita from his MP Areas Development Fund.

Singh, recounting last year’s crisis of drinking water, said the members of the board had heaved a sigh of relief following the commissioning of the pump a few days back.

Singh said Dhubri Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji bears immense significance as it was founded by the ninth guru of Sikh religion himself and the place was earlier visited by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh guru.

On coming to know of the birth of his son, Guru Govind Singh Ji, Guru Teg Bahadur left for Patna. Later, he sacrificed his life and became a swahid (martyr), Singh said.

Sikhs from across the country and abroad has started thronging a fair which is being held to mark the occasion.

Today, Guru Ka Ardas (prayer) and Guru Ka Langar were held and a nagar kirtan (town procession) would be taken out on December 10, a senior board member said.

Like every year, this year, too, the board is expecting more than 50,000 Sikh devotees to throng Dhubri across the country and abroad. However, a large number of devotees will come from various parts of the Northeast and the eastern states, a board source said.

Beside the Sikhs, thousands of people irrespective of caste, creed and religion also observe Swahidi Divas.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101209/jsp/northeast/story_13277298.jsp
 

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