67th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam Begins From Saturday

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1(2)NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Sh. Mohinder Singh ji Sanyojak Chandigarh said that Delhi is all set to host its largest spiritual get-together of the year – the 67th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam – from 15th to 17th Nov 2014. The venue for the 3-day event is the sprawling grounds along Burari Road on one side and Outer Ring Road on the other in North Delhi.

The Samagam will begin on Saturday 15th Nov with a brief but colourful procession. Thousands of devotees will lead His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj and his esteemed spouse Pujya Mata Sawinder Ji in a flower-bedecked open vehicle upto the dais (at 4.00 pm). This will be followed by open session which will be inaugurated by His Holiness with a Message (at about 5.00 pm).

On second day, thousands of the Sewa Dal men and women in uniform, both from India and abroad, will organize a rally including a cultural programme, to rededicate themselves to selfless service of humanity. (from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.) The concluding day (November 17) will be marked by a multi-lingual poetic symposium (from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm.)

A gripping and well-documented exhibition – Nirankari Pardarshani, is another important feature of the Samagam. It depicts the history and ideology of the Mission along with its various activities.

The principal message which the Mission seeks to convey from the Samagam is that God worshipped by different names by different believers following different religious faiths is one and the same. There should, therefore, be no hatred or violence in the name of religion as has been unfortunately evident across the world.

The Mission offers a common forum to the followers of all the religions to meet with a sense of unity, equality and fraternity. In particular, the 67th Annual Samagam will focus on the message of Harmony in Oneness. The Mission is of the opinion that the whole mankind is one and we can all coexist peacefully as a global family.

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Samagam Preparations

The sprawling Samagam complex is spread over about 400 acres of land. Preparations on the venue were inaugurated by His Holiness Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj on October 12, 2014 and ever since, thousands of the Sant Nirankari Sewa Dal volunteers and other devotees from Delhi and other parts of the country have been working diligently to meet the deadline.

With necessary coordination and cooperation from the Government of Delhi and its subsidiary agencies, the arrangements to provide various facilities and amenities are being worked to the minutest detail so as to ensure that the participants find their stay comfortable and are able to enjoy the bliss of the holy congregations.

Devotees coming from outside Delhi will be received at the Airport, various Railway Stations and Inter-State Bus Stands and provided free transport to the venue of the Samagam. Similar arrangements will be made for their return. Besides its own fleet, the Sant Nirankari Mandal will step in service more than 500 buses from Delhi Transport Corporation being hired for this purpose.

Free food (Langar) will be prepared and served in every ground. In addition, there will be 25 canteens across the campus which will provide tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks. Every care is being taken to ensure cleanliness during the Samagam. An attempt is being made to showcase the Swachh Bharat spirit through the Samagam, notwithstanding lakhs of people residing together at one place.

The Publication Production and Distribution Department will be putting up 14 stalls from where the visitors will be able to pick up the Mission’s literature, photographs, CDs, DVDs, Diary, Calendar and other materials. It will also bring out a Special Souvenir on the theme of ‘Status of Woman’ (Nari Shakti) in Hindi, Punjabi and English with a view to reiterate the fact that women need to be respected for building a harmonious society. Arrangements are being made to put up a Railway Booking Counter to assist the devotees in their travel plans.

The Medical and Social Welfare Department will have nine dispensaries with a total provision of 75 beds to look after any health problem the devotees may have during the Samagam. A contingency of 50 International Doctors will also be rendering their voluntary services in these dispensaries. Besides, there will be 6 mobile dispensaries deployed by MCD across the Samagam complex.

For the first time this year there will be five ATM counters in the busiest part of Ground No. 2. Of these, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank will have 2 counters each, while Bank of India will have one. In addition, Punjab National Bank will have a mobile ATM counter in Ground No.4. For saints from abroad Punjab National Bank will have another ATM counter near Sant Niwas in Sant Nirankari Colony.

In view of such a large gathering, authorities concerned are geared to make all necessary arrangements for traffic control and fire-fighting, etc. with full cooperation from the Sant Nirankari Sewa Dal volunteers and other devotees particularly in regulating the entry and other arrangements within the Samagam complex.