Nanded, Oct 27 (UNI) The nine-day historic function of the tercentenary celebration of Guru-da-Gaddi commenced here with the holy ''Takht Snan'' today.
The ritual, which commenced at 0900 hrs, included bathing of all weapons, clothes, Kalgi and palanquin at the Takhat Sachkhand Shri Huzur Sahib in the holy waters of Godavari river by Kar Sevaks after they performed pooja of the river seeking permission to use the water for the purpose.
Thousands of Kar Sevaks, who gathered here from across the country and world washed the Angita Sahib, Takhat Sahib, Mandir Sahib, Parikarma, Palkhi Sahib and the Sachkhand Gurudwara with the water from Godavari. The premises of the Gurudwara was cleansed with water, milk, curd and rose water, while the golden dome of the Gurudwara was washed using the jet pump of fire brigade.
As per the belief, every devotee fetches water trice from the Godavari and twice from the Bawali Sahib well and pours it in a large vessel at the Gurudwara. The collected water is then used for cleaning.
The Municipal Corporation provided milk on the occasion.
The cleaning seva continued till 1600 hrs.
Later, the two Nishan Sahibs (huge holy arrows) were dressed up with new clothes and the Chandani, moon shaped weapon mounted at the top of the high pole located in the premises of the Gurudwara, --was also changed.
After the daily rituals and the Ardas (prayer) offered by the chief Jathedar (priest), the weapons were kept on the throne, situated at the sanctum sanctorum.
Following this, Jathedar Bhai Jyotinder Singhji offered Ardas.
The first day of Diwali marks the day when the last Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singhji granted the seat and consecrated the holy Granth Sahib as the eternal guru in 1708. Since then, the Guru Purab Dooj and Panchami are celebrated at the Gurudwara.
The devotees later took darshan of the rare and smallest edition of the Guru Granth Sahib and the weapons used by Guru Gobind Singhji.
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