Followers of Ravidasia sect – a sect that traces its origin from Sikhism following the teachings of 14th century famed Indian Guru Ravidas – were joined by the wider community in South Auckland over the last weekend to celebrate 642nd Gurupoorab of their revered Guru.

Two separate events, Nagar Kirtan and a main Gurupoorab function were planned on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, at the Shri Begumpura Gurudwara Sahib in Papakura, Auckland.

National Party MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Hon. Consul of India Bhav Dhillon joined the celebrations on Sunday and addressed the devotees reminding them about the values of teachings of the revered Guru.

Hundreds of people participated in Nagar Kirtan – a processional singing of holy hymns by the community – that was led by prominent Kirtan singers Bhai Sukhwinder Singh and Jatha, Bhai Kuldeep Singh Raseela, Hardev Mahinagal, and Danesh Singh Virdi.

The main organising committee of Shri Begumpura Gurudwara Sahib and volunteers behind the celebrations included Tejpal Singh, President, Ram Lal Singh, Secretary, and volunteers Dalveer Dheer, Jinder Singh Galib ,Avtar Singh, Kuldeep Singh Garhshankar, Sher Singh, Rakesh Kumar Billa, Makhan Ram Dosanjh, Varinder Singh, Ashish Rishi and Amrinder Singh Galib.

Guru Ravidas was an Indian mystic poet-saint of the Bhakti movement during the 14th to 16th century AD and is considered as the founder of 21st-century Ravidassia religion by a group who previously were associated with Sikhism. His teachings like many other revered gurus and teachers of the famed Bhakti movement had the elements of social reform and calling for the removal of social divisions of caste and gender, and promoted unity in the pursuit of personal spiritual freedoms.