Los Angeles: Guru Nanak Devji’s birthday was celebrated with all the solemnity and devotion by the Sikhs of Southern California on November 24 at the spacious Los Angeles Convention Center. Besides Kirtan by such renowned Jathas as Bhai Jiwan Singh, Bhai Sant Singh of Sis Ganj Gurdwara, Bhai Mehar Singh and International institute of Gurmat Studies, paintings from Sikh history were displayed and students of I..G.S. explained the historical background and importance of the each painting. Poems were recited and lectures on the life and message of Guru Nanak were delivered by eminent personalities. Dr. Harbans’ Singh Sraon spoke about the pragmatic approach and universality of Guru’s message. “There is no place for Casteism and ritualism in Sikhism.” he said.

The program was jointly organized by Sikh institutions and Gurdwaras of the region and over 3,000 Sikhs participated from all over S. California. Representatives of Gurdwaras and Sikh institutions from N. California also attended the function. Langar was served throughout the day.

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