The founder of Bristol’s first Sikh Temple Shingara Singh Khalsa funeral is taking place today. The funeral has bought part of the Bristol to a standstill as huge numbers of mourners have gathered to pay their respects.
Great-great-grandfather Shingara Singh Khalsa died of natural causes at the age of 94 on September 15.
Shingara, who was married for 72 years and had more than 100 grandchildren – including great-grandchildren – is being commemorated by a huge funeral cortège today (September 30).
The procession started at his Glenfrome Road home at 11.30am and will feature a horse and carriage, Sikh priests singing hymns on a truck and a long line of funeral cars.
They will travel to Bristol Sikh Temple on Fishponds Road, where a Sikh martial arts display with swords is set to accompany the release of 94 balloons, before Shingara’s funeral is held in the temple.
The extraordinary event, set to be attended by more than 500 people, marks the end of an even more extraordinary life.