The Nagar Kirtan is being jointly organised by the seven Gurdwaras in Sandwell. During the Nagar Kirtan, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh Holy Scriptures) will be carried on a decorated float at the head of the procession.
Event Organiser and President of Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, Mr Malkit Singh said, “I am delighted that we have been able to organise this Nagar Kirtan at this very auspicious occasion in the Sikh calendar. This anniversary is an extremely important occasion to all Sikhs and is being celebrated all over the world. We have organised the Nagar Kirtan to visit five of the seven Gurdwaras in Sandwell and we look forward to meeting many other people along the way.”
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 in a village called Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib and located in present-day Pakistan. During his lifetime, Guru Nanak Dev Ji travelled thousands of miles spreading his teachings. Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught there is only one God, and that everyone is equal, regardless of gender, race, religion, caste or wealth. He taught his followers to live by a simple code, including:
Naam Japna: Remembering God at all times.
Kirat Karo: Earning an honest living.
Vand Chakko: Sharing with others.
The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was compiled by the tenth Guru and includes the writings of several of the previous Guru’s including Guru Nanak Dev Ji, as well as saints and prominent religious people of other faiths. The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is treated as a living Guru by Sikhs and the Nagar Kirtan (procession) will be held with a great deal of ceremony and reverence.
The Nagar Kirtan (procession) will be departing from outside Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, High Street, West Bromwich at 10.00am promptly, then travel through the following route:
Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, High Street, West Bromwich > High Street > Bull Street > West Bromwich Ringway > New Street > High Street > Victoria Street > Price Street > Moor Street > Bromford Lane > Bromford Road > Broadwell Road > Cyprus Street > Bridge Street > Birmingham Road > Rood End Road > Cemetery Road > St Paul’s Road > Guru Nanak Gurdwara, High Street, Smethwick.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Balbinder Singh, said, “A great deal of work has gone into organising this event and I am grateful for the support of the members of the Sandwell Safety at Public Events Committee including Sandwell Council and West Midlands Police. The Nagar Kirtan will be a very joyous occasion and I hope we will be able to celebrate this event with minimum disruption to other road users.”
The Nagar Kirtan is expected to arrive at Guru Nanak Gurdwara at about 1.30pm. For the procession to proceed safely and with minimum disruption a plan has been developed after consultation with the Emergency Services, bus companies and the Highways Authority. This plan will require restrictions on vehicle movements along local roads at various times. To minimise disruption for other road users, the route has been divided into smaller sections and only one section at a time will be closed to traffic. This will reduce the amount of time disruption will occur in each section to around half an hour at the most. There will be no restrictions whatsoever on pedestrian movement during the Nagar Kirtan (procession). There will be barriers at all road closures and these will be staffed by professional stewards.