GLEN COVE, NY (TIP): Gurdwara Sahib Glen Cove, Mata Sahib Kaur, Long Island celebrated Guru Ram Das Ji’s Gurugaddi Divas on September 27th. The event began with a Prabhat Pheri and ended with Asa ki Var.
The sangat walked barefoot. The participants in the Prabhat Pheri walked singing hymns to the ecstatic music of dholak and copper bells. Chanting hymns from the holy scripture of the Sikhs-Shri Guru Granth Sahib-, they completed a small round of the 15 acre gurdwara grounds. The procession was full of vibrations and energy, and the chants echoed in the morning winds.
The Prabaht Pheri was followed by Asa ki Var kirtan in a specially erected tent where a Darbar Sahib was beautifully decked up in royal blue and gold silks. The slight chill and the winds did not keep the sangat away as they all sat down on the carpeted floors to enjoy two hours of uninterrupted spiritual bani sung by famous Ragi Jatha Ragi Mukhtiar Singh Philadelphia wale.
The Asa ki Var is usually recited in the early morning hours in a very melodious manner. These hymns are sung in special morning raagas which are very soothing. The kirtan was followed by a scrumptious Langar.
At the overwhelming response from the sangat, , Manmeet K Lamba, the general secretary of Glen Cove Gurdwara Management announced joyously to continue this tradition from June- November every year. The management also thanked all the event sponsors, the volunteers and the sangat for sharing their morning with their event.
The next Prabhat Pheri and Asa ki Var will be held on: Sunday November 22nd 2015 – 8.00 am- 12.00 pm. In celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab at Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur, 100 Lattingtown Road, Glen Cove, NY.