JAMMU, July 5: Parkash Diwas (Birth anniversary) of Sixth Guru of Sikh community, Guru Hargobind Sahib was celebrated by District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DGPC) Jammu at Gurdwara Chhati Patshahi, Talab Tillo, with the cooperation of all the Sikh organizations in which large number of devotees participated with religious fervour and enthusiasm.
Prominent Sikh preachers Bhai Sarabjit Singh Dhotian and Bhai Parampal Singh Sabra threw light on the life- history and teachings of Guru Hargobind Sahib, the only son of Guru Arjan Ji, who became Guru at the young age of eleven.
The brutal torture and execution of the peaceful Guru Arjan Dev Ji necessitated that the Sikh adopt a military tradition in order to face the brutal Mughals and resist all sorts of persecution.
Sikh preachers while elaborating on the concept of `Miri-Piri’, said that Guru Hargobind Sahib adopted two swords, one representing Temporal (Miri) power and other spiritual power (Piri) and emphasized a great deal on physical and military training of the Sikhs. Guru Hargobind Ji also built Sri Akal Takht Sahib, as highest religious and temporal authority of Sikhs.
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Through his `Miri-Piri ‘ concept and strong determination, Guru Hargobind Sahib instilled in his followers a will to fight against evil in order to defend their rights. During his leadership, the Sikh community not only grew in numbers but also emerged as a separate entity within the Mughal empire. Due to great contributions to Sikhism, Guru Hargobind Sahib earned the title of `Saccha Padshah’ (True Emperor).
Mahant Manjit Singh Ji of Dera Nanglai Sahib and Sant Tejwant Singh Ji of Santpora Danna also elaborated on the life and achievements of Guru Hargobind Sahib and stressed for Amritdhari and drugs free society. Hazoori Raagi Sri Darbar Sahib, Sri Amritsar Sahib, Bhai Devinder Singh Ji and many local Raagi Jathas of DGPC recited Gurbani Kirtan.
Avtar Singh Khalsa, general secretary, DGPC Jammu, who conducted the proceedings of the stage, stressed for unity and discipline.
On this occasion Jathedar Mohinder Singh, president, Shiromani Akail Dal (Badal) and Member DGPC Jammu moved resolution concerning various burning demands of Sikh community in J&K.
The demands projected in the resolution included setting up of Minority Commission in the J&K State, publication of Ansari Commission Report on 1989 anti-Sikh riots, passage/ implementation of Anand Marriage Act in J&K State, removal of shops raised on Gurdwara land at Chand Nagar in Jammu, installation of statue of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Kunjwani Chowk Jammu, stop discrimination against Kashmir valley Sikhs and include Sikh families in PM’s package, ensure proper rehabilitation of PoJK refugees and provide special package to rehabilitate J&K transport industry.
Tarlochan Singh Wazir, Chairman, State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board while addressing the gathering, congratulated Sikh community on this occasion and also appealed to follow the teachings of Guru Hargobind Sahib and also spoke in support of resolutions. He said Sikh community is being discriminated in every field of life and stressed for unity of Sikh community at all levels. On this occasion community lunch (Langar) was also served.
Other prominent Sikh leaders and members DGPC, present on the occasion included Adv Surinder Singh, Surjit Singh, Bhai Gurdev Singh, Manmohan Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Mohinder Singh-Akhnoor, Harjinder Singh Raina, Narinder Singh Khalsa, Balwant Singh, Ranjodh Singh Nalwa, Sukhdev Singh, Ranjit Singh and Manjit Singh.
Jagjit Singh, president DGPC Jammu extended gratitude to all the devotees, Sewadars and entire administration for their cooperation.
An impressive function in connection with Gurpurab was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Kathua. The local Gurdwara was highly decorated by the DGPC Kathua and Bhajan Kirtan continued there through out the day. A Langar was also arranged for the devotees by the Committee. President DGPC Kathua Charanjeet Singh congratulated the people on this occasion.
Reports of similar celebrations have also received from Poonch, Rajouri, Nowshera, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi, RS Pura, Akhnoor, Ramban and parts of Kashmir.