“Jaljit Singh Khalsa, of Beaverton, sets the beat during the procession during annual Sikh celebration honoring Guru Arjan Dev Ji at it leaves the Dasmesh Darbar Sikh Temple, in South Salem [Oregon], on Sunday, June 16, 2013.” (Photo: Timothy J. Gonzalez | Statesman Journal)
Two weeks ago, the Sikh community near Salem, Oregon, commemorated the anniversary
of the martyrdom of Guru Arjun
(fifth Guru of the Sikhs) in 1606, with a Nagar Kirtan
(religious procession) through South Salem:
The Dasmesh Darbar Sikh Temple organizes the event yearly to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. And while the Salem Sikh community is small — a few hundred families — the event is among the largest in the Pacific Northwest, attendees said. Sikhs from across the West Coast participate, ensuring that the annual celebration does not go unnoticed.
Read more and see additional photos and video at The Statesman Journal.