Friday, 09 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
Thousands of followers of Udaseen Sect founded by Guru Ram Rai participated in the customary ceremony of Nagar Parikrama on Thursday. The major roads of the state capital were immersed in religious fervor and festivity on the day as the people thronged in large numbers to watch the majestic procession which was led by Mahant Devendra Dass, the tenth Mahant of the sect with a worldwide following.
People showered floral petals and chanted Bhajans as the sangat marched forward during the parikrama.
An important ritual in the 442 years old history of Jhanda Fair, the Nagar Parikrama started from Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib in the morning and was attended by thousands of the devotees who chanted Sabats (holy verse) and Kirtanas on the way.
The procession was greeted with open hearts by the residents of the city during the Parikrama. The Nagar Parikrama is held on third day of the Jhanda fair.
A sangat (devotees) numbering about 25000 devotees started the Parikrama from the historic Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib at 9.30 am. From here the procession reached Shri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Bindal via Saharanpur Chowk and Kanwali Road. Here the ‘Sangat’ devotees were distributed the ‘Prasad’ of ‘roasted grams and Jaggery (Gur) ’. The ‘Nagar Parikramma’ then reached to Tilak Road and then proceeded to clock-tower via Tilak Road and Tagore Villa. On reaching the clock-tower, the Sangat was welcomed by the shop owners who threw flower petals on the procession.
After the ritual of Nagar Parikramma, the process of the farewell (Vidai) of the ‘Sangats’ and ‘Masandas’ (head of sangats) started in the evening.
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