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Location: Home arrow Library of Articles arrow In the Media arrow 15,000 Sikhs mark 400th anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

15,000 Sikhs mark 400th anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib   E-mail 

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 22, 2004): More than 15,000 Sikhs celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Dataran Merdeka. The largest gathering of the community yesterday was also held to coincide with the Merdeka celebrations. 

The scriptures arrived in a helicopter from the nearby Gurudwara Sahib in Padang Merbok at 7pm and were placed on specially decorated float. 

After a brief fireworks display, the float was led through a procession, accompanied by the chanting of hymns. 

The procession ? which included Sikhs in full warrior outfits displaying their sword-fighting skills (gatka) while others were beating the Dhol (large drums) ? made a 2km trek to the Gurudwara Sahib Tatt Khalsa Diwan along Jalan Haji Alang in Chow Kit here. 

JOYOUS OCCASION: Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji being carried in one of the floats (right) during the procession from Dataran Merdeka to Gurdwara Sahib Tatt Khalsa Diwan on Saturday night.

The Sikhs were made up of 40 contingents from various places such as Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johor, Pahang and Singapore. 

Tourists were seen taking pictures of the brightly lit and colourful floats as the procession made its way through Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.  

Adapted from: The Star Online

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