Jamshedpur Sikh Youth persuade elders for 5 Jan Gurpurab
The Young Khalsa through its many organisations convinces members of 34 Gurdwara Committees to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Gurpurab on 5 January and avoid any further confusion in the matter.
Rising to the occasion, the Young Khalsa was at its determined best when it persuaded the member committees of Central Sikh Gurdwara Committee Jamshedpur to celebrate Parkash Purab of Guru Gobind Singh on 5 January this year during a meeting held on 10 December at Modi Park, Bishtupur.
The youth organisations including Gurmat Parchar Centre, Dharam Parchar Committee, Sikh Youth Brigade, Sikh Welfare Committee Manifeet and Naujawan Sabha Kitadhi. Gurdwara Sahib Baba Deep Singh and Gurdwara Sahib Birsa Nagar lent the movement ample support by steadfastly sticking to the decision to celebrate Gurpurab of Dasam Pita on 5 January.
Prominent amongst those who attended the meet included Harvinder Singh Jamshedpuri, Sukhvinder Singh, Jaswant Singh, Surjit Singh, Gulshan Singh and Ranjit Singh.
Speaking to World Sikh News, youth activist Harvinder Singh Jamshedpuri said, “Though we have been celebrating Gurpurab of Guru Gobind Singh in the past years as per the dates provided by the Jathedars, the confusion that was created with two dates this year had to be resolved and we have decided to adopt the Mool Nanakshahi Calendar date of 5 January.”
“Though we have been celebrating Gurpurab of Guru Gobind Singh in the past years as per the dates provided by the Jathedars, the confusion that was created with two dates this year had to be resolved and we have decided to adopt the Mool Nanakshahi Calendar date of 5 January.”
For the nearly two hundred thousand strong Sikh community with 34 Gurdwaras in Jamshedpur, the Central Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which oversees the functioning and centralised management of these Gurdwaras, will also celebrate the Gurpurab on 5 January and the Nagar Kirtan will be held on 3 January.
It is reliably learnt that the youth bodies had asked the Central Gurdwara bodies to consider their plea regarding celebrating Gurpurab on 5 January through a letter and were promised a hearing in the meeting but as this did not happen the youth took the unilateral decision and then persuaded the committee members to adopt the Nanakshahi Calendar date to avoid confusion.
Things were made easy for the various Gurdwara committees when Jathedar Takht Patna Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh gave a letter to the Central Committee allowing to celebrate the Gurpurab as per their convenience.