DAINIK NATION BUREAU
With hoisting of 90 feet long mast at historic Darbar Sahib the famous Jhanda fair would start on Friday.
On Thursday large numbers of devotees from all parts of the country took blessings from Mahant Devendra Dass at the premises of Guru Ram Rai Darbar sahib. He gave Guru Mantra to the group of followers (Sangats) on the day and advised them to follow the path of peace and love. Mahant Devendra Dassexplained the significance of ‘Guru Mahima’. Speaking over the occasion, Shri Maharaj ji said that the person who follows the path described by Guru attains the feeling of heaven while being on the earth.
The officer of the Jhanda fair Bhagwati Prasad Saklani informed that on Friday, Shri Jhande ji Fair programme will be initiated at 8 am in the morning. The old flag pole will be brought down. Meanwhile the devotees will give a bath of milk, curd, butter, and Gangajal to the new mast of flag. Saklani said that the ceremony of putting on ‘Gilaafs’ (cloth coverings) on the new flag mast would start at 10 AM. Finally the new flag mast would be raised at between4 PM to 5 PM.
The Jhanda Fair management has deployed a team of doctors at Mela Hospital where free of cost medicine will also be provided. A fleet of ambulances of the Mahant Indiresh hospital is also deployed to meet any exigency.
Arrangements for live telecast of the flag raising and other ceremonies have been made by the management of the Jhanda Fair. This year a camera mounted on a drone would be a centre of attraction.
The 15 day long fair is celebrated to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the birthday and arrival of Guru Ram Rai in Doon valley in the year 1676. Guru Ram Rai was the eldest son of Shri Guru Har Rai, the seventh Guru of Sikhs. Ram Rai performed some miracles in the court of Aurungzeb which infuriated the Sikhs and they expelled him from Sikhism; King of Garhwal Raja Fatheh Shah who was a friend of Mogul Emperor Aurungzeb provided a safe haven to Guru Ram Rai and allotted some land in Doon valley to him. In the year 1676 Guru Ram arrived at Doon valley on his birth day on fifth day after Holi and set his camp (Dera) and the day is celebrated as Jhanda fair from then onwards.