Punjab government has decided to hold virtual celebrations to kick off the historic 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji from April 28 amid the uncertain situation resulting from the continuous surge in coronavirus cases, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced on Friday.
He said that online kirtans will be organized by the government on Television and social media channels. Even as he urged people to offer Ardas for ‘sarbat da bhala’ from their homes.
Adding, Captain Amarinder Singh said that he will speak to SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur to shift all celebrations to the virtual mode in view of the coronavirus situation in Punjab.
While he and the whole state had been looking forward to celebrating the great event in a befitting manner in memory of Guru Ji's sacrifice for Hindus, the situation was not conducive to grand celebrations, he noted.
He appealed to people to watch the events on TV and offer prayers from their homes for sarbat ka bhala on May 1 - the Guru Purab of the ninth Guru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. All programmes will be held as scheduled now, but through virtual mediums, with no physical gatherings, an official spokesperson disclosed after a meeting of the executive committee set up to oversee the historic celebrations.
Chairing the meeting, he exhorted the people to participate in the various events, including live televised kirtans, etc, which will also be telecast on social media, from their homes.
Earlier, MPs Manish Tewari and Gurjeet Aujla also stressed the need to have symbolic celebrations this year, with no big functions or gatherings till the Covid situation eases.
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