It was a big weekend for Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand, Takanini Gurudwara as thousands of worshippers attended and participated in its two religious events.

On Saturday, November 28, Takanini Gurudwara organised Sikh Walk event that was joined from approximately 500 people from different age groups.

The group walked from Shri Dasmesh Darbar (Kolmar Road Gurudwara) in Papatoetoe to Shri Kalgidhar Sahib Takanini Gurudwara in Takanini making a recess stop at Nanaksar Sikh Temple in Manurewa.

The 12 km walk started at 9:30 a.m. as hundreds of men, women, children from the age of seven to senior citizens took onto the road led by a team of volunteers who ushered the way making sure the spiritual walk did not obstruct the traffic.

The purpose of the event was twofold, first replicating the spiritual walks taken by Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak with his Udasis (followers) who walked more than 28,000 km in his lifetime to spread the message of God to the masses in all corners of the world, and the second to encourage people of the community to walk as it is the simplest forms of exercise and has immeasurable health benefits.

“The ushers helped clear the path for the walk of almost 500 devotees making the 12 km, and they were supported with water, fruits, juice on the way so that they do not get exhausted.

“The occasional Sikh Walk organised by Takanini Gurudwara has a much greater spiritual significance, it stands for the message of brotherhood and humanity, teachings the values of Sikhism, and spreading the messages of Guru Nanak to the community,” Daljit Singh from Takanini Gurudwara said.

The worshipper chanted hymns while they walked from one destination to the other and were served with langar at Takanini Gurudwara upon reaching.

Guru Purab celebrations at Takanini Gurudwara

The Sikh community across the globe observed the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on Monday, November 30 and Gurudwaras around the world organised special events and religious gatherings on the special occasion.

Takanini Gurudwara on Monday witnessed at least 7000 people walk through its gates to participate in the religious festival of Guru Purab.

The event started early in the morning with priests doing kirtan for the worshippers, and as the day progressed, thousands of community members visited the gurudwara and participated in the religious recitations.

Seven individuals and groups conducted the kirtan during the day, an important part of the Guru Purab celebrations.