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June 16, 2012

Sikh Diaspora urge Akal Takht to implement original Nanakshahi Calendar

Lahore: The Sikhs who assembled at Gurdwara Dera Sahib here on Saturday to observe the Shaheedi Diwas of the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjun Dev, have urged Akal Takht to implement the original Nanakshahi Calendar, released by the Sikhs’s highest temporal seat in 2003. They said there had been lot of confusion relating the Gurpurabs, Martyrdom days and other important dates due to the certain amendments made by Shiormani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in the original calendar, without seeking the consensus within the community. A large number of Sikhs had gathered from all over the world to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Dev at Gudwara Shaheed Asthan, inside Gurdwara Dera Sahib. The arrangements were made by Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC). Besides, the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) was prominent amongst the Sikh world bodies that converged for the event. AGPC Coordinator Dr.Pritpal Singh said that they have collectively requested the Akal Takht to implement the original Nanakshahi Calendar-2003 by following the due process. He urged the Akal Takht to implement the original Calendar and if there are any amendments to be made, these should be after consultation with the Sikh leaders around the world and creator of the Calendar, Pal Singh Purewal. The Gurdwara was raised at this place on the bank of river Ravi in front of Lahore Fort, where Guru attained martyrdom and since then the martyrdom day is observed here and at Tarn Taran in Punjab . It was on this day in 1606 that Guru Arjun Dev attained martyrdom after his arrest and torture at the hands of the then Mughal rulers.

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