Staff Correspondent

Events include 400th anniversary of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev

Nagar Kirtan to reach Lahore on June 12Seminars to be organised in US, Canada, England

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) would organise functions to mark the centennial anniversaries of three major events of Sikh history, during the months of June, July and August this year. Representatives of various organisations of the community, including the Singh Sabhas across the world, have assured to extend their full co-operation.

According to a release from its headquarters in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, the SGPC plans to observe the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16, quadracentenary of the establishment of the highest religio-temporal seat, the Akal Takht, on July 2 and the 300 years of completion of compilation of the holy scriptures in the form of Guru Granth Sahib on August 30.

The SGPC chief, Jathedar Avtar Singh, addressing the representatives of the Sikh organisations in the Teja Singh Sumandri Hall, on Wednesday laid out the plans to organise various events across the world. He made a special mention about seminars in Canada, the US and England.

The Jathedar said that a Nagar Kirtan would proceed from Amritsar and reach Lahore on June 12 to pay obeisance at the shrine where the Guru was martyred.

He informed that for this purpose the SGPC has applied for 10,000 visas from the Government of Pakistan. Main functions would be arranged at Tarn Taran and Lahore, he said. The centennials related to the establishment of the Akal Takht would be celebrated at Amritsar, while that of completion of Guru Granth Sahib at Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district.

While the SGPC would approach the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to release a postal stamp to commemorate the events, Jathedar Singh assured the representatives that the SGPC was keen to meet the expectations of Sikhs and solve their problems.

It has decided to print a large quantity of literature about Sikh history and Rehat Maryada (code of religious conduct).

The Akal Takht chief, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti said that as Guru Granth Sahib was edited by Guru Arjan Dev, while observing his martyrdom centennial, efforts should be made that Gurbani is recited in a proper form.

The meeting was also addressed by Gurbax Singh Gulshan from England, Bibi Inderjit Kaur wife of the late Yogi Harbhajan Singh and Nirmal Singh from the USA, Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal, Joginder Singh and Dr. Jagjit Singh from Canada, Manmohan Singh from Malaysia, Inderjit Singh, President of the UP Sikh forum, Pritam Singh from Bhopal, Rachhpal Singh from Calcutta and Jasbir Singh from the Gurdwara Mai Thaan at Agra.