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They also conduct a 48-hour nonstop ‘akhandpath'

Religious fervour: Sikh devotees of Gurudwara Sadh Sangat offering glasses of chilled rose milk to passers-by in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Religious fervour: Sikh devotees of Gurudwara Sadh Sangat offering glasses of chilled rose milk to passers-by in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

Scores of Sikh devotees of Gurudwara Sadh Sangat distributed chilled rose milk and ‘prasad' carrying the message of love to the travellers at the roadside at Gurudwara Junction on the occasion of the 404th anniversary of martyrdom of Sikh fifth Guru Arjan Dev on Wednesday.

From RTC buses and truck drivers to pedestrians and two-wheeler riders, it was a good respite for all as they gulped down glasses of chilled rose milk and 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.

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