source: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/561849/ Nanakshahi calendar: Jathedars adopt changes, final call by SGPC Dharmendra Rataul - Indian Express Thursday , Dec 31, 2009 Amritsar : Apparently buying more time on the controversy, the Sikh clergy on Wednesday adopted changes in the Nanakshahi calendar but shied away from announcing these. The five high priests referred the draft containing the amendments to the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for a final decision. The move is unprecedented as the Akal Takht is considered supreme in taking decisions relating to religious issues. After a marathon meeting, the five Sikh high priests said they has adopted "certain changes". "We are not making any announcements on what are the changes introduced. The same are being sent to the SGPC executive body, which would consider and take a final decision. The announcement would then be made from the Takht," said Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh. Panthic leaders said that the move was aimed at buying more time to allow the dust to settle on the issue. Giani Gurbachan Singh admitted that it was difficult for the clergy too to reach a consensus. Sources meanwhile stated that the gurpurabs of Guru Nanak, Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Arjan Dev have been decided to be observed as per the Bikrami calendar and minute changes for Sangrands (first day of the month) have also been introduced. Two takhts -- Takht Patna Sahib and Takht Hazur Sahib -- have been demanding the changes in these gurpurabs, saying that the annual dates as per the Nanakshahi calendar clashed with the other important events. Sources also stated that Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh posed a major opposition during the meeting to the changes in the Sangrands but finally fell in line due to pressure from the SGPC and the political class. Giani Gurbachan Singh, however, claimed that the amendments introduced had the approval of all five takhts. Sikh radicals have been opposing any change in the calendar adopted by the majority of the Sikhs since 2003. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been accused by them of "advocating" the changes eyeing the upcoming general SGPC elections. The CM, however, denied he had anything to do with the controversy. "This is a religious matter being deliberated by the Akal Takht. I have no role to play. My visit to the Golden Temple today is coincidental," said Badal.