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Sikh News Appeal For Vilnius Gurdwara In Lithuania

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    Maanyog, Satkaaryog Guru Sadh Sangat jio
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
    APPEAL FOR VILNIUS GURDWARA IN LITHUANIA.
    A "notional" Gurdwara has been established in VILNIUS with its e-mail
    address as: _vilniusgurdwara@aol.com_ (mailto:vilniusgurdwara@aol.com)
    .
    We hope that the Gurdwara in Vilnius will be established some time in
    the
    future in its own purpose built building. It will be the first
    Gurdwara to
    serve the sangat (Sikh communities) in the three Baltic
    Republics of
    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
    Vilnius is a very beautiful and modern city of half a million
    inhabitants.
    It is developing rapidly due to dynamism and skills of its people. It
    offers
    world class cultural and recreational facilities.
    The people of Lithuania, the last to convert to Christianity towards
    the
    end of 14th Century AD, are spiritually linked to their roots in
    ancient India
    and many still travel to that country for pilgrimage to various holy
    sites.
    The Lithuanian language is a direct descendant of Sanskrit that
    provides
    strong motivation for them to visit India. However, the Sikh religion
    being
    relatively new, is not yet well known in Lithuania.
    It is, therefore, most desirable for the Sikh community worldwide to
    cherish
    and encourage the idea of Sikh presence in Vilnius in the shape of a
    Gurdwara-cum-Community Centre.
    The Vilnius Gurdwara will function as a place of worship and a meeting
    place
    for all Sikhs passing through, or coming for business or pleasure to
    Lithuania. Gradually, with Gurus’ blessings and support from
    patrons, Lithuania
    will have her own Sikh residents in increasing numbers.
    Vilnius Gurdwara will house a library with a sizeable stock of books
    and
    audio-visual resources. It will undertake essential social and
    community work
    such as-
    1. Teaching the Punjabi language.
    2. Raising awareness about the Sikhs among the local people.
    3. Supporting schools and colleges throughout Lithuania with regard
    to
    knowledge about Punjab and the Sikhs. With this end in view, Vilnius
    Gurdwara is
    already assisting and cooperating with the Centre of Oriental Studies,
    at
    Vilnius University. Many valuable books have been donated to the
    University
    which is one of the oldest in the world.
    4. Taking an active part in local charity work;
    5. Overseeing the translation of essential books, including Sri Guru
    Granth
    Sahib ji, from English and/or Punjabi into Lithuanian and Russian
    languages.
    (Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union until 1991 and 6.3% of the
    population is Russian.)
    All amounts of money received from donors will be used strictly for
    the
    Gurdwara and its outreach (educational, spiritual, social and
    cultural)
    programmes as stated above.
    Vilnius Gurdwara belongs to the entire Sikh Panth. Kindly support its
    construction now with whatever your can send.
    All Gursikhs are kindly requested to enable us to make this dream come
    true
    by contributing generously towards this noble cause. Those donating
    £500 or
    more will become honorary members of the Gurdwara for life.
    A bank account has been opened in the United Kingdom as per
    following
    details:-
    NAME OF ACCOUNT: Vilnius Gurdwara
    BANK ADDRESS: NATWEST BANK plc
    40, Market Street, WELLIINGBOROUGH, NN8 1AD, ENGLAND.
    ACCOUNT NO. 81046634.
    BANK SORT CODE: 55-70-37.
    Humbly,
    Rajinder Singh
    Honorary Caretaker, VILNIUS GURDWARA.
    E-mail: _vilniusgurdwara@aol.com_ (mailto:vilniusgurdwara@aol.com)
     
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