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Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa Sets Programmes, Calendar Per Nanakshahi 2011 (Purewal)


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Dear Satsangat,

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

A list of programmes for the months of January and February 2011 are attached for your reference.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in preparing and sending out the programmes.

As you might be aware, Sikhs all over the world has been observing the various Gurpurabs and Panth-related events based on the Nanakshahi Calendar for the past 10-odd years. The Nanakshahi calendar was the result of a 20-year research and effort by a Gursikh named Pal Singh Purewal who stays in Canada.

The calendar was presented to the SGPC in early 1999. After initial rejection, it received great praise from the SGPC which resulted in its implementation in December 1999. But it took Akaal Takhat more than three years to come to terms with the calendar. So, in March 2003 it was accepted by Akaal Takhat and the other opposing organizations, with the condition that Guru Nanak's birthday be celebrated on a full-moon day in the month of November, and Divali be celebrated on a new-moon day which falls at the end of October or beginning of November. As ridiculous as it seemed, it was accepted by most of the Sikhs around the world, but some Gurdwaras, especially those in the western hemisphere decided to continue to celebrate both Vaisakhi and Guru Nanak's birthday on 14th April.

Sadly this new-found unity in the Panth by way of the Nanakshahi calendar is under attack from the forces who are continuously scheming to break the Panth's unity by infusing into it Brahmanical practices and Hindutva.

Ever-since the Sikh Calendar was implemented, the SGPC has been buckling under the pressure of those opposing it, to revert to the Hindu lunar calendar. These opposing groups have, in their hands, the tremendous power of votes, which can make or break the leadership of SGPC!

It is no wonder then, that the SGPC has now issued a revised Nanakshahi 'calendar' of their own, in which many of the dates have been changed to the Hindu calendar (as were before introduction of the original Nanakshahi calendar). The revised 'calendar' is actually a "rojak" of event dates.

Our local Malaysian Gurdwaras Council is of the opinion that since the directive is from SGPC, all Gurdwaras in Malaysia should follow it "faithfully". "Blindly" should have been the more appropriate expression!

One cannot help, but be reminded of the time when the Akaal Takhat issued a directive to the Sikh world, banning the use of tables and benches for the partaking of langgar. One wonders what the wisdom of doing so was.

It is strongly suggested that all Satsanggis check out the facts for themselves. The internet is an excellent source for more detailed information on this controversy. The following sites may be a starting point:







As far as Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa is concerned, the original Nanakshahi calendar (fixed dates) will be followed for observing ALL events , with the exception of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's birthday, which will be celebrated in the form of an Akhand Paath and Kirtan Darbar to be held from 11th to 13th of November 2011. (please refer to the attached document)

There are two reasons for doing this;
1. All programme bookings received for this year took into consideration the original Nanakshahi calendar dates, which had already been blocked-off earlier. Some of these bookings happen to be on the "revised" dates and it would not be fair to now expect the Satsanggis to change their booking dates.
2. Given all the facts related to the original Nanakshahi calendar, It makes a great deal of sense to stick to it.
Yes, one more thing: It doesn't make sense to declare Guru Gobind Singh Ji's birthday TWICE in this year.

Given all the fuss on the dates and calendars, we should ask ourselves if we are doing it right. Does the Guru approve of all this? How should we celebrate Gurpurabs?
This is what Bhai Gurdas Ji says on celebrating Gurpurabs...

ਚਰਨ ਗਹੇ ਗੁਰਦੇਵ ਦੇ ਸਤਿ ਸਬਦ ਦੇ ਮੁਕਤ ਕਰਾਇਆ। ਭਾਉ ਭਗਤਿ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਕਰਿ ਨਾਮ ਦਾਨ ਇਸਨਾਨ ਦ੍ਰਿੜ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਇਆ।

Those who have held tight to the Shabad of the Guru have been liberated by 'bathing' in the True Word.

In full of loving devotion they celebrate Gurprubs (anniversaries of the Gurus) and their acts of remembrance of God, charity and holy ablutions, instill inspiration in others to follow.

ਕੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾਂ ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਕਰੰਦੇ। ਗੁਰ ਸੇਵਾ ਫਲੁ ਸੁਫਲੁ ਫਲੰਦੇ ॥੨॥

I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who celebrate Guru’s anniversaries with full devotion.

Such Sikhs become blessed by the service of the Guru and obtain the fruits of their devotion.

ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਮੇਲਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ। ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਕਰੈ ਕਰਾਇਆ।

The Sikhs of Guru gather in the love of the Guru.

Bound by loving devotion, they celebrate the anniversaries of the Guru.

May The Guru bless us all with Naam and enjoin us in His Service with love and devotion, and make us fit to celebrate Gurpurabs in his name.

Happy New Year.

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

On behalf of the Management,

Kartar Singh


Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa


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Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
This shows that Most of the Sikhs are rooted in the PAST...BUT Living in the PRESENT.... ( MAJORITY)while some are rooted in the past and living in the PAST !! (minority)..
And the MAJORITY of the Panth Celebrated the Guru Gobind Singh Parkash Ushtav on JANUARY 5th as per the ORIGINAL Nanakshahi Calendar 2003 prepared after 20 years of study, and unanimously passed on the GENERAL HOUSE of the SGPC and Approved by the Five Pyaras and Signed by Akal takhat Jathedar Joginder Singh vedanti, Takhat Keshgarh sahib and Takhat Damdam sahib..and ACCEPTED worldwide by MAJORITY SIKH SANGATS. ( Opposed by a tiny minority of saadhs and sants alligned to deras and taksaals nihungs, hazoor sahib and patna sahib - ALL those who have NEVER followed the PANTH MAINSTREAM and always follwoed their own INDIVIDUAL splinter"maryadas".
It was to APPEASE this tiny MINORITY that the present Jathedars/sgpc president pushed thru the HASTY CHANGES to make the Nanakshai calendar a FULLY BIKRIMINISED LUNAR+SOLAR Calendar. Passed by the 13 member SGPC EXCO ONLY ( Instead of SGPC GENERAL HOUSE of over 120 Members as the 2003 NC) with 3 of those members staging a WALK OUT. So effectively ONLY 10 Members passed this calendar and that too with ONLY Akal takhat jathedar ALONE signing it. Takhat DAMDAMA SAHIB Jathedar flatly REFUSED to endorse any "changes".

Sikhism/Gurmatt is a WORLD's Most ADVANCED RELIGION...but some are fighting tooth and nail to push it back to the DARK AGES of RAJA BIKRAMJIT and his bikrmi claendar a Hotch Potch of Solar and Lunar Years !! In this HOTCH POTCH...from 2000 - 2100....Guru GOBINS SINGHS Parkash Ushtav will COME in January only 27 TIMES....for over 30 YEARS..the Gurpurab will come TWICE a YEAR..as in 2011 ( 11th january and 31december, 2011 )..and MOST INTERESTING OF ALL 3 of those YEARS WILL NOT EVEN HAVE THE MONTH OF "POH"....so not only is the Gurpurab missing..the entire MONTH is also MISSING !!!! So much for a "changed calendar !???? or a APRIL FOOLS CALENDAR with 2 More than ONE April Fools in some years and NONE in others ?????

Only we SIKHS can decide our destiny..and not leave it to paid servants and pujarees of politcial masters to decide it for us. Since NONE of US change our birthdays each year..why do we accept that our Gurus Gurpurabs are not worthy of even that courtesy ? Celebrate only the 2003 Nanakshahee Calendar and work towards REMOVING one major anomaly left in that ( Guru nanak Jis Parksah Ushtav is on April 1st and NOT in November ):singhsippingcoffee::singhsippingcoffee::singhsippingcoffee::singhsippingcoffee::singhsippingcoffee:animatedkhanda1



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