Tuesday, October 16, 2007

First ever Agan Bhent Seva Samagam in South India draws huge crowds

HYDERABAD, Thursday, October 11, 2007 : Amidst chanting of shabad keertan, several old volumes of Guru Granth Sahibji and other religious books that cannot be used anymore for reading purpose because they are too old weathered were consigned to flames as per Sikh Maryada at the newly-constructed Angitha Saheb under the guidance of Baba Narinder Singhji of Goindwal Saheb. Prominent Sikh leaders, including Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar Giani Joginder Singhji Vedanti and Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar and head granthi of Darbar Sahib, Amritsar Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh participated in the landmark event.
The Sikh community of South India, with the approval of Akal Takht Sahib, the supreme temporal body of the Sikhs, performed the first ‘Agan Bhent Seva Samagam’ on Sunday. As many as 160 old swaroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other places were brought to Hyderabad for the ritual.
The SGPC president also inaugurated the state-of-the-art Guru Nanak Medical Centre at the Gurudwara Sahib, Secunderabad. The centre was established by the the management committee of Gurdwara Sahib, Secunderabad and Guru Nanak Charitable Trust at a cost of over Rs 1 crore.
Treatment will be provided free of cost to those who cannot afford to pay, irrespective of caste and creed or religion. Those who can afford will have to pay 25 percent of the incurred cost and this will go to help maintain the centre.
Secunderabad MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, City Police Commissioner Balwinder Singh, Controller Legal Metrology Tejdeep Kaur, president of Prabhandak Committee Gurdwara Saheb, Secunderabad Baldev Singh Singh Bagga and general secretary Avtar Singh were present on the occasion.