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Sweet gesture: Sikh devotees of Gurudwara Sadh Sangat offering glasses of chilled rose milk to passers-by in the city on Tuesday. —
Sweet gesture: Sikh devotees of Gurudwara Sadh Sangat offering glasses of chilled rose milk to passers-by in the city on Tuesday. —

Nivedita Ganguly

403rd anniversary of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev observed

VISAKHAPATNAM: How will you feel when you see an oasis of water amidst an endless blistering hot desert? Heavenly, isn’t it? That was how the passers-by in the city felt when they got to sip from glasses of chilled rose milk in the busy road of Gurudwara Junction on one of the hottest days the city had ever experienced. Scores of Sikh devotees came as heavenly souls carrying the message of love and offering their service to the weary travellers at the roadside.

While temperatures soared high on Tuesday, the scores of tired travellers at Gurudwara Junction were in for a surprise as volunteers of the Gurudwara Sadh Sangat distributed chilled rose milk and prasadam to the passers-by on the occasion of the 403rd anniversary of martyrdom of Sikh fifth Guru Arjan Dev.

Good respite

From RTC buses and truck drivers to pedestrians and two-wheelers, it was a good respite for all on the hot and sultry afternoon as they gulped down glasses of chilled rose milk and profusely thanked the volunteers for the thoughtful gesture. More than 250 families gathered at the Gurudwara to observe the day.

Guru Arjan Dev, who compiled the Adi Granth or the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture comprising the teachings of the Sikh gurus as well as Hindu and Muslim saints, was tortured to death. The then Moghal emperor wanted Guru Arjan Dev to marry his daughter and when he refused, he was put over the fireplace.

Sikhs distribute chilled rose water to people believing that it would provide relief to their Guru from the heat.

His martyrdom for spreading the message of love to mankind was commemorated by singing religious hymns or kirtans for three days. A 48-hour nonstop ‘akhandpath’ was also conducted on the occasion.

A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion.

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