Sects Nanaksar Gurdwara Sahib In Fresno California


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Maryada of Nanaskari Movement (from the web site

Introduction: Sant Baba Nand Singh Jee is the founder of Nanaksar Institution. He stands out amongst his peers as he unveiled the hidden glory of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee in which he unfolded the hidden eternal splendors of the founder of Sikhism Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee. He restored the highest respect, esteem, faith and loving devotion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. He caused and effected integration of thousands of stranded souls with Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee and thus saved them from drowning in this burning ocean of universal illusion. The service of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee as described by Sant Baba Nand Singh Jee was fully established by his successor Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee at Nanaksar Kaleran, near Jagroan, Punjab, India. He undertook this mission to various cities of India and taught the people about the eternal glory of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee besides administration of Amrit (sacred Nectar as prescribed by 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee) on large scale.

Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee carried out the mission for 13 years and bestowed the responsibilities of continuation of mission to Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee who went to village Samadh Bhai as per instructions of Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee. Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee, who at present is fulfilling the responsibilities and has been instrumental in taking this mission to abroad as well. Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee has established 17 Nanaksar Gurdwaras both in India (Samadh Bhai, New Delhi, Dehradun, Bagthalla, Pune, Seerah, Kandila, Bhadaur and Banwala Anu) and abroad (Houston (TX) and Fresno (CA) in USA, Birmingham and Southhall in UK, Brampton (ON), Winnipeg (MB) and Surrey (BC) in Canada and Nairobi in Kenya) where thousands of devotees pray and worship Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee everyday, in the beacon light shown by towering Light House, Sant Baba Nand Singh Jee.

Service (Sewa) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee: The religious ceremonies and services at all Nanaksar Gurdwaras of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is carried out as per the hukamnama (order) established by 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee. The followers of Sikh Religion are ordered to treat Sri Guru Granth Sahib as not the mere Holy Book but as Living Divinity (Pargat Guran Ki Deh). Therefore, a special room (Sachkhand) is dedicated to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. This is the only room that has the Palang (bed) of size 6x4 sq ft is for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. All Sangat (visiting devotees) and Ragiis (Monks) sleep on thin mattress on the floor. Even Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee have his Aasan (bed), a thin mattress on the floor. The food is not cooked at the Gurdwara but is brought by turn from amongst the devotees because it is a true belief that if you engage yourself in the selfless devotion of God, God will automatically make sure by inculcating in the mind of devotees to prepare fresh food and take it to Gurdwara for offering it to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee and for the people engaged in such selfless devotion. As a matter of fact devotees have to request for a turn and have to wait for a month in some cases to bring food. As mentioned above the food brought by devotees is first offered to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee (as Guru Sahib is treated as Living Divinity) and then distributed amongst the Ragiis and Sangat. The Parkash (opening) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is done twice, first in the morning at 3 am and then in the afternoon at 4 pm. The Sukh Assan (closing) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is done in the morning after Nitnem (daily services) and in the evening after Hukamnama.

Kirtan: As per the sayings of Guru Jee “Kalyug Mein Kirtan Pardhana” (Singing of Hymns is Supreme in this Time), Kirtan is prime in Gurdwaras. The praying and glorifying of Gurus is conducted through Kirtan that is performed twice daily in all Gurdwaras. It is the most important ritual, Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee always initiate Kirtan before constructing Gurdwara building.

Ragiis (Monks): Our Ragiis are self-motivated, celibate and devoted to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee, Sikh religion and Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee. The Ragiis of our organization live a very simple life under penance. We have lot of Ragiis in India at each Gurdwara but between 5-8 Ragiis in each Gurdwara outside India. The responsibilities of each Ragii is to offer prayer, religious discourse, sing praises of the Lord in the chantry, in the Assemblies of God, which run from 2.00 A.M. reveille (pre-dawn) to 9.00 P.M. taps with slight respite in the afternoon. Our Ragiis however travel from one Gurdwara to other at all times under instruction of Highest Monk Holy Saint Baba Gurdev Singh Jee.

Morning Service: The morning service of prayers starts at 2.00 A.M. and concludes at 6.30 A.M. (In India this service is carried out for an extra half an hour) The service includes recitation of the part of the Holy Book, chanting hymns, canticles, liturgical songs and biblical psalms, delivering homilies, religious discourses and divine sermons, quoting sayings from the scriptures and the Holy Book and their rendition and interpretation, preaching the Gospel and teaching of the Universal Sikh religion, offering prayers and addressing Assemblies of God.

Evening Service: At 3.30 P.M., the priests bathe and go to the Deewan Hall at 4.00 P.M. to lay the liturgical settings for the evening session. The evening session begins with a recital from the Holy Book after which full service starts. This is an exact replica of the morning session and is orchestrated and conducted with great gusto to the accompaniment of musical instruments and concludes with taps at 9.00 P.M (In India this service is carried out for an extra one hour).

Special Services: In addition, some special services are also performed. In commemoration of the Founding Guru’s (Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee) birth is held continuous recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee without any break for seven days every month on the eve of Pooranmashi (Full Moon day). All the Ragiis (Monks) and devotees take part in it for a turn of two hours at a stretch. This is followed by a concluding ceremony that singularly glorifies Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee. Beside this Masya (No Moon Day) is celebrated at Banwala Anu and Southhall, Dashmi (10th Day from Masya) is celebrated at Kandila and Bagthala, Masand (Last Day of a Lunar Calendar Month) is celebrated at Bhadaur and Sangrand (1st Day of Lunar Calendar Month) at Samadh Bhai each month.

On Sundays following the Pooranmashi every month and after the Sangrand, Masand, Dashmi and Masya ceremony is held a ceremony at Gurdwara marking induction, presentation of candidates for partaking Amrit (baptisation ceremony).

There are other special days celebrated at each Gurdwara as outlined in the Calendar every year.

Special Functions: In a Calendar Year, two big functions are celebrated by our Institution in India. The one is in February-March each year, which is celebrated in our New Delhi’s Nanaksar Gurdwara. The Sampat Akhand Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is carried out in three turns that starts on February14 (February 15 in leap year) and culminates with the full fervor on March 4 each year. The other function is celebrated at Samadh Bhai, our first Gurdwara to commemorate the Barsi of Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee. These are Tuk Tuk Wale Sri Sampat Akhand Paths (recitation of Mool Mantar and special hymn at each line) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee that are completed in 25 days. It starts every year on September 14. The Rein Sabai (all-night long) Kirtan is performed after the Bhog of Sri Sampat Akhand Paths. Famous Ragi Jathas feel privileged to come and perform the free Kirtan for the Sangat assembled at the occasions from not only from all over the India rather from different parts of the globe.

It is important to note that all the services carried out at Nanaksar Gurdwaras are done for the welfare of the mankind. In the main Sachkhand, Ardas is carried out only for the welfare of the mankind and not in the name of any person.

Nishan Sahib in not erected in any of Nanaksar Gurdwaras because it is a political symbol or an army flag. At Nanaksar, politics is never mixed with religion. Nanaksar is the center of pure devotion and Bhagtee and is equally available to people of all denominations as per the philosophy and teaching of our reverend Gurus that their teaching, lessons and blessings are for each and every one. Therefore on different celebrations in each Gurdwaras, the following Dargai Parsaad (Divine Blessings) is given to each and every one. Sangat visiting the Gurdwaras is told that till the coming function, every family should do or get done one Sehaj Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee or 50 Paths of Sri Sukhmani Sahib or 250 Paths of Japji Sahib or 6 Malas with 108 beads of Mool Mantar from IK ON KAAR to NANAK HOSI BHEE SACH every day or 80 Malas of Waheguru every day. For Hindus 80 Malas of Ram Ram and for Muslim, 80 Malas of Allah Allah of 108 beads every day. Similarly Christian can do 80 Malas of Issa Issa of 108 beads every day. In the Ardas of monthly celebration at each Gurdwaras, the Ardasia (Lead Monk performing prayers) says that Pichlay Pathan De Bhog Pah Han (Bhogs of the recitations done by Sikh Sangat at their home since last monthly celebrations) to include these Paths (Divine Blessings) in Ardas (Prayers) at each Gurdwara.


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Jun 18, 2010
I am sure there is another Nanaksar Gurdwara run by Baba Gurdev Singh in Chandigarh sector 28. He was ordered by Sant Baba Isher Singh to go to Samadh Bhai Asthan and perform service for Nanaksar Samprada.

War of succession in Gurdwara Nanaksar

JAGRAON (Ludhiana), Oct 11 — A deceptive calm prevails in Gurdwara Nanaksar, one of the oldest shrines in the area, as rival factions continue to be engaged in a war of succession and supremacy. The two factions are led by two ageing leaders — Baba Kundan Singh and Baba Sadhu Singh — both of whom want to instal their respective favourites as the main successor and caretaker of the shrine, whose assets run into crores of rupees.

Gurdwara Nanaksar was founded by Baba Nand Singh decades ago. After he passed away in 1943, the control of the shrine passed into the hands of Baba Isher Singh. Everything passed smoothly till 1963, when Isher Singh died. A-10-member committee was founded for managing the affairs of the gurdwara. They included three disciples of the Sant, Sant Naraian Singh, Sant Sadhu Singh and Sant Kundan Singh. It was at this time that the war of succession started among the three.

Meanwhile, Sant Naraian Singh filed a suit in the court. However, the suit was withdrawn after a compromise was arrived. But after Sant Naraian Singh’s death, the war of supremacy became direct between Sant Sadhu Singh and Sant Kundan Singh. Both of them claim to be the mukhya follower of Baba Isher Singh. The two had reportedly arrived at an agreement to manage the affairs of the gurdwara.

Both the Sants are in an advanced age and are mostly unable to perform the seva and ardas at the shrine. Both of them depute their respective mukhyas (followers) to perform the duty. While Bhai Lakha Singh has been performing ardas and seva on behalf of Sant Sadhu Singh, Sant Kundan Singh had assigned the job to Bhai Harbhajan Singh.

Sant Sadhu Singh’s followers claim that Bhai Lakha Singh has the approval of the court to perform the seva. Supporters of Sant Kundan Singh are putting forth their case with the same arguments. They maintain that when Sant Sadhu Singh can nominate his mukhya for the seva, why cannot Sant Kundan Singh do the same.

It was on the same issue on October 6 last that the supporters of the rival groups clashed with each other. Bhai Harbhajan Singh had come to perform seva on behalf of Sant Kundan Singh, which was objected to by Bhai Lakha Singh and his supporters. This led to an arms scuffle between the two groups which resulted in injury to several of them.

Gurdwara Nanaksar has flourished into a popular shrine with a worldwide following which extends to the countries like USA, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. Non-resident Indian followers have donated huge money leading to the assets of the shrine running into crores of rupees. The shrine also runs a 40-bed hospital. Besides there are palatial buildings housing the sants and sevadars within the 30 acre shrine complex. There is a picturesque pond within the shrine which attracts pilgrims from far and wide.


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
nirgun_data ji

I would like to start a separate thread of your article as it does open up an independent and interesting slant on this subject. I am doing that as a copy rather than physically moving your comments from this thread.

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