B. Madhu Gopal
Offer chilled rosemilk to weary passersby to mark the 400th martyrdom of the fifth Guru Arjan Dev
VISAKHAPATNAM: Scores of weary travellers passing through the busy Jagadamba junction had a pleasant surprise on Wednesday.
Volunteers of Gurudwara Sath Sangat offered them glasses of rose milk. The hot sultry afternoon provided the right time for the gesture.
The volunteers were seen stopping pedestrians, two-wheelers, autorickshaws and even some RTC buses at the busy junction and offering rose milk to the drivers and passengers.
The traffic police had to frequently clear the vehicles to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
In memory of Guru
The programme was organised to mark the 400th martyrdom of the fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev. A representative of the Sangat said: "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.''
He said that the programme was being organised under the auspices of the Sangat president Seva Singh Saroya. "Over 10,000 glasses of rose milk was distributed from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. and there was demand for more. The rose milk distribution programme would be held at RTC Complex junction on Thursday, Gurudwara junction on June 16 and at Ramakrishna Talkies junction on June 17,'' he said.
Apart from this, the `akhand path', being held at the Gurudwara from June 6 would continue up to June 16. `Guru ka langar' programme is being organised at the Gurudwara (Seethammadhara) in which free food was distributed to all.
The main programme would be at the Gurudwara on June 16.