Gurudwara

Scuffle inside Patna Saheb Gurudwara

Two Sikh groups attack each other with swords at Patna Sahib Gurdwara

Patna: At least three people were seriously injured when two groups clashed at the Patna Sahib Gurdwara here on Tuesday.   According to initial reports, the clashes were reported between two groups – one representing the Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and the other Bal Leela Committee.

Violent clashes have taken place during the Guru Govind Singh birth anniversary celebrations in Patna. Members of two factions of the Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee attacked each other with swords and sticks.

Two people have sustained minor injuries in the incident. Though the situation is now under control, tensions still prevail.

It is being said that despite a huge celebration planned at the gurudwara, there was inadequate security at there. Soon after the incident, senior administrative officers reached the force. Additional force was also called in to bring the situation under control.

Senior officers are trying to speak to leaders of the two factions to come to an amicable solution.

This is not the first time that such clashes have took place in Patna. It is said that there is huge money involved in the Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee which both the factions want to get hold of. The two groups clashed over the election of a new Granthi.

The situation soon turned worse when the supporters of the two groups took out their swords and attacked each other.   Patna Sahib Gurdwara Committee immediately informed the local administration and a police team was rushed to control the situation.

Some other reports claim that more people have sustained injuries in the unfortunate incident that comes on a day when Sikhs around the world are celebrating the ‘Prakash Parv’

 

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Wisconsin Gurudwara holds first service since deadly attack

Funeral service at USA

Funeral service at USA

 

Oak Creek (Wisconsin), Aug 13 (PTI) Grieving members of the Sikh community held the first service at the Gurdwara here since the killing of six worshippers by a white supremacist a week ago and offered prayers for the victims. The mourners assembled inside the prayer hall of the Gurudwara yesterday, bowed before the Guru Granth Sahib and chanted hymns and prayed for the six worshippers who were killed in the shootout inside the Gurdwara last Sunday. They also prayed for the quick recovery of the three individuals who were injured in the tragic incident including the police officer who fought the neo-nazi gunman. Wade Michael Page, 40, an ex-army veteran, went on a shooting spree killing six Sikhs and injuring three others, including a police officer, at the Gurdwara here last Sunday before dying of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Those attending the Sunday service said the ceremony today involved cleaning up the pole which had a flag on top. Outside, community members raised the American flag from half-staff and hoisted a new Sikh flag in an elaborate ritual surrounded by hundreds who’d come from across the country. The service included devotional hymns and prayers and the closing of the Sikh holy book. The holy book has been read in its entirety over the past three days. Women sang hymns as a group lowered a flag pole outside the Gurdwara here. The pole which was covered with orange cloth was first removed by about 50 men and boys. Thereafter the pole was washed with water and milk. The pole was finally wrapped with a new orange cloth. “The six people who died were some of the most beloved people here,” said Kanwardeep Kaleka, whose uncle Satwant Singh Kaleka was among those killed in the incident. “That they died in this house of God brings us even more peace,” he was quoted as saying by the local media. The Gurdwara was opened for the public on Friday, six days after the deadly shooting with over 100 community members returning to clean it ahead of the funeral for the victims.

Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib

Damdama Sahib Gurdawara

Damdama Sahib Gurdawara

Damdama Sahib is 1 of famous Sikh holy place, this is 1 of the five Takhats, which is situated in the village of Talwand Sabo, 28km southeast of Bathinda, Punjab. This is the place where Guru Gobin Singh Ji, Sikh’s tenth Guru prepared the full version of Sikh’s scripture called Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Guruji dictated the scripture to one of his disciples Bhai Mani Singh Ji, in 1705.
Here Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed after fought several battles with Mughals, that why it was name as DAMDAMA, which means breathing place.
The Takht was officially recognized as the fourth Takht os Sikhism on 18 November 1966.

Picture of Damdama Sahib, building under construction

Picture of Damdama Sahib, building under construction

Before Guruji left to visit the Sangats in the Deccan, he blessed Talwandi Sabo as GUUR KI KASHI, which after became one of the five Takhats(The other four Takhats are Akal Takht {Golden Temple} Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib ji, Takht Sri Patna Sahib ji and Takht Sri Hazur Sahib ji). Baba Deep Singh was installed as the first Jathedar(head) of this temporal seat. He penned additional copies of the ADI SRI GRANTH Sahib JI and sent to the other four Takhats.

Gurudwara LAKHPAT SAHIB JI

Gurudwara LAKHPAT SAHIB JI

Gurudwara LAKHPAT SAHIB JI

Some weeks back,my passion for travel took me to Gujarat. I was amazed to come across a lesser known facet of Sikh history. I saw evidence of the visit of Guru Nanak Sahib to Gujarat and also learnt that except for some scholars, Sikhs had forgotten about this place and other places visited by Guru Nanak. Better late than never. It is time to connect the dots of history and discover our rich heritage linked to our founder Guru Ji. During his second Udasi (travels) from 1506-13 and fourth Udasi from 1519-21, Guru Nanak Sahib travelled to Mecca through the then to the Port of Basta Bandher, in the then province of Sind. Today, this place is called Lakhpat and is about 135 kilometers from the town of Bhuj on the edges of the Cori Creek on the tip of the border between India and Pakistan.

 

Lakhpat fort is about 20 kilometers from Korini village where there is also a big Sarovar to the memory of Guru Nanak Dev ji Sahib’s visit. Lakpat was so named, it is said, as the daily income from sailings of inbound and outbound ships to shore exceeded one lakh cories (the then local currency).

 

Today the Sindhu River no longer flows on its banks as it was diverted during the great earthquake of Bhuj in 1819 to the west to an area what is now in Pakistan’s Sind province. Even today in the soil you can find millions of shells from the dried bed of the Sindhu River.

 

Since 1947, the Lakhpat Fort is housing the lat outpost of the Border Security Force and is hope to some 400-500 people within its walls and several Temples and Sufi Darghas. It also has Gurdawara Pehili Padshai “Lakhpat Gurdawara”. There is Hatkeshwar Temple that houses fossilized shells, The Gosh Mohmmad Kuba, Darghah of Syed Pir Shah and Nanai Mai Darghah -all stand witness to the glorious past. Legend has it that the place visited by Guru Nanak was the house of a Brahman and is located within the fort of Lakhpat. According to the local people, that house was converted into a Gurdwara some two hundred years ago and vast tracts of land were bestowed on the Gurdwara for upkeep, maintenance and regular expenses of the shrine.

 

The Gurdwara complex comprises of a main building that has a courtyard and a separate structure which is a two storied gateway on the western side with massive wooden doors. The internal and external walls have paintings in line patterned with floral motifs of the period -ships, flowers, royal personage, etc. The walls have graffiti by religious travellers in old Gurmukhi script. Constructed in limestone, the Gurdwara has on its walls statues of elephants, flowers, Chabutras and statues in human and animal form embedded to its walls. The verandah has exquisitely carved wooden columns. The whole arena has a touch of the old and a beautiful nostalgic charm to it.

 

The main room has relics associated with Guru Nanak Sahib, which relics, it is said, were bestowed by Guru Sahib to the Brahmin in whose house Guru Sahib stayed. These include Charan paduka -khdawans or wooden footwear and a Palki of the great Guru, both of which are housed in asealed glass enclosure, where there is Parkash of Guru Granth Sahib. As much as I know, these are perhaps the holiest relics of Guru Nanak Sahib on Indian soil. In the adjacent room within a wooden and glass panel are kept old handwritten Gurmukhi religious books and old religious scriptures It will come as a surprise to Sikhs, that the Gurdawara was restored to its present immaculate state by the strenuous efforts of United Nations volunteer programme for a seven month period between February and September 2003.

 

Thanks to their efforts, the assistance of the local community and the Sikh Sangat from Gandhidham, the Gurdwara has the unique distinction of being awarded the Asia Pacific Heritage Conservation award for the year 2004 by UNESCO. Carried out under the aegis of CRCI (Cultural Resources Conservation Initiative), it was a major conservation project.

 

Conferring the award UNESCO stated “the restoration of this Sikh house of worship demonstrates a sophisticated holistic understanding of both the technical and social aspects of conservation; careful attention to detail and sensitive repair work have ensured the retention of the building’s historic character. The emphasis on involving and empowering the community ensures the long term survival of the historic building and its associated cultural traditions.” From what I learnt, more than $ 43,000 grant was made by UNESCO to bring restore the holy place to its pristine glory, with conservation architects and masons brought in from Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to assist in restoration work .

 

Those desiring to feel the ambience of the visit of Guru Nanak Sahib can visit the can visit the Gurdwara Sahib, to which a Yatri Niwas, Langar Hall, Diwan Hall, modern amenities are being added.

 

The care taker of the Gurdwara Sahib who is overseeing the work is S. Lakha Singh from Baruch and the Granthi Sahib Bhai Sukhchain Singh can be contacted at 0091 9909606367 for arrangements to travel and stay.

 

Gurpreet Singh Anand lives in Delhi. He may be contacted at pilgrim_gsa@yahoo.co.in