On Saturday 14th September, the Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK was invited to Gurdwara Sahib Shri Guru Teg Bahadar Jee, Barcelona (Vic) in Spain for holding a Rainsbaaee Keertan and doing Amrit Sanchaar seva. With Guru jee's blessings, a Jatha (group) of 13 Gursikhs went from the UK to Spain for the Smaagam. Gursikhs from France also attended the Smaagam. The Gurdwara Sahib had held its first ever Rainsbaaee Keertan. The Sangat showed great enthusiasm and loudly sang along to the keertan and took enjoyment of Gurbani. The atmosphere was spiritually uplifting. The surprising thing was that even though there was no projector screen to see the Shabads being sung, the Sangat still managed to sing along with the keertan loudly.
After the Rainsbai Kirtan had ended, which was around 12am, the Amrit Sanchaar took place in which around 25 new people joined the Khalsa Panth. It was very inspiring to see a number ladies take off their earrings, jewellery and tie up their Kesh on top of their head and adorn themselves with the blessed Dastaar of Guru Gobind Singh jee. The abhilaakhees (candidates for Amrit) look so excited for Amrit and becoming Guru-wale. The Gurdwara management was just as excited and gave all the abhilaakhees a gift of a Kachhera, Kirpan, and Simrana. It was also nice to hear that journalists from a local Spain newspaper waited for the Amrit Sanchaar to end (which around 6 or 7am) so that they could take photos of the Panj Piaare and the new members of the Khalsa Panth so that they can publish in the newspaper and use for a Spanish exhibition gallery that is going to be held about the Sikhs. Vaheguru.
On Sunday 15th September coaches from other cities in Spain brought Sangat to attend the programme. Jathedaar Bhai Raghbir Singh jee of Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK were honoured by the Sangat and the Gurdwara Sahib thanked the whole Jatha for their keertan and Amrit Parchaar seva. People are always taken aback and inspired that the Jatha does not charge any money for Keertan, lectures, camps or any other seva.
During the Sunday divaan there was Akhand Keertan by UK Sangat followed by Keertan by local children and local Jathe from different cities in Spain.
Afterwards those who had taken Amrit during the Smaagam were honoured by the Gurdwara with Siropas and framed Gurbani Shabad by the Gurdwara Sahib. This is a really good idea because helps to affirm the commitment to the Guru that the new Khalsa brothers and sisters have made and also inspires other people in the Sangat who have not yet taken Amrit.
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!