Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sri Guru Granth Sahib to be translated into Urdu

The Academy of Guru Granth Studies, USA, will help establish a research section in the Dyal Singh Library here. This was stated by academy president Dr Harbans Lal at a press conference at Lahore.

He said that the holy book of Sikhs would be translated into Urdu while research material would also be donated to the proposed section. The step, he said, was being taken to improve understanding between Muslim and Sikh communities. He was critical of historians who, he said, had committed blunders while reporting the Sikh history.
Denying that Sikh Gurus and Moghul rulers had enmity between them, he recalled that Akbar the Great had donated land for constructing the city of Amritsar whose foundation stone was laid by Hazrat Mian Mir of Lahore.
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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Faridkot Fort: A reminder of Punjab's royal past

Today, they may exist only in name, but the royal families of Punjab, that trace their roots to the mid 16th century, in their magnificent palaces still hold a reflection of the erstwhile grandeur of the past. One such fort is the palace and fort of the 'Barar Sikh Dynasty' at Faridkot. The Faridkot Fort and Palace that stand as a testimony of the Barar Sikh Dynasty, which reached the pinnacle of its glory under Raja Hamid Singh, are known to have been built between 500 and 700 years ago by the Kapuras who trace their lineage back to the Phulkian chiefs of the region around the 13th century.
Though several parts of the magnificent fort are today in a state of decay, the palace still houses ancient artefacts that have been collected and preserved that bear witness to the days when Indian royalty lived in opulence and grandeur.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

NANAKSHAHI CALENDAR - Gurpurab dates fixed for all years

Starting in 1999 all religious holidays are being observed according to the new Nanakshahi Calendar. Nanakshahi calendar starts with the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 1469. The Sikh New Year begins with Chet 1, which in the regular calendar is March 14 and in 1999, it was the year 531 of Nanakshahi calendar. The modification is that now the calendar is based on the solar year instead of the lunar cycle, which means that the dates would not fluctuate from year to year as they did previously.

Guru Sahib / Birthdate / Gurgaddi Date / Jyoti Jot Date
Guru Nanak Dev Ji / 1 Vaisakh (14 April) / From birth/praksah / 8 Asu (22 Sep)
Guru Angad Dev Ji / 5 Vaisakh (18 April) / 4 Asu (18 Sep) / 3 Vaisakh (l6 April)
Guru Amar Das Ji / 9 Jeth (23 May) / 3 Vaisakh ( 16 Apr) / 2 Asu (16 Sep)
Guru Ram Das Ji / 25 Asu (9 Oct.) / 2 Asu (16 Sep) / 2 Asu (16 Sep)
Guru ArjanDev Ji / 19 Vaisakh (2 May) / 2 Asu (16 Sep) / 2 Harh (16 June)
Guru HarGobind Ji / 21 Harh (5 July) / 28 Jeth (11 June) / 6 Chet (19 March)
Guru Har Rai Ji / 19 Magh (31 Jan.) / 1 Chet (14 March) / 6 Katik (20 Oct)
Guru Har Krishan Ji / 8 Sawan (23 July) / 6 Katik (20 Oct) / 3 Vaisakh (16 April)
Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji / 5 Vaisakh (18 April) / 3 Vaisakh (16 Apr) / 1 Maghar (24 Nov)
Guru Gobind Singh Ji / 23 Poh (5 Jan) / 11 Maghar (24 Nov) / 7 Katik (21 Oct)
Guru Granth Sahib Ji / 17 Bhadon (1 Sep) / 6 Katik (20 October) / Everlasting Guru

Completion of Granth Sahib Ji : 1 Bhadon (16 August)
First Parkash Granth Sahib Ji : 17 Bhadon (1 September)
Gurgaddi Guru Granth Sahib Ji : 6 Katik (20 October)
Creation of the Khalsa : 1 Vaisakhi (14 April)
Hola Mohalla (New Year Day) : l Chet (14 March)

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Sachkhand Gurdwara's 300th anniversary.

The tercentenary (300th) celebration  of Gur-Ta-Gaddi to be celebrated at the Sachkhand Gurudwara at Nanded is of great relevance to the Sikh Community. This involves the remembrance of the 300th year of the consecration of Shri. Guru Govind Singh Maharaj as eternal Guru of Sikh community by Guru Gobind Singhji. The event will also commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Parlok Gaman of Guru Gobind Singhji. The event will be of 8 days duration and will be celebrated in the month of October, 2008. The event will attract estimated pilgrims of 25-30 Lacs from all over the world.

Built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the gurdwara holds as much significance for Sikhs as Amritsar's Golden temple. Nanded's Sachkhand gurdwara holds special significance for the Sikh community as this is the place where Guru Gobind Singh first put forth the Guru ki gaddi or the Granth Sahib as the holy book of worship.

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Gurudwara opens near White House, USA

The Sikhs of the US capital of Washington opened the National Gurduwara to public this Sunday with the completion of the Akhand Paath or non-stop recitation of the holy Granth Sahib. Situated on Embassy Row, the National Gurdwara sits just next to the American seat of power.
The National Gurdwara became fully operational this week, though some parts such as the holy Sikh flag of Nishan Sahib and the central dome of the structure are yet to be completed. Built over a quarter acre of prime land at a cost of $2.5 million, the National Gurdwara serves as both a spiritual and a cultural centre for the Sikhs. It has three and a half stories, at the basement is a parking lot. On the ground floor, there are six rooms. On the first floor is gurdwara. The second floor is spiritual hall and on the third floor lays gallery.
When the construction work on the site began six years ago, it made headlines because white residents opposed it.
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