Amritsar: A number of Sikh organisations led by Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) would observe the Shaheedi Diwas (martyrdom day) of Sikh’s fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, on June 16 as per the Nanakshahi Calendar (Original separate Sikh calendar).

A statement sent from Pakistan by American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) Coordinator Dr Pritpal Singh said that Akhand Path (non-stop prayer) was initiated on Thursday at Gurdwara Shaeed Asthan, Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore in Pakistan.

Singh said that all the necessary arrangements had been completed for the Shaeedi Jorh Mela (religious function) supervised by PSGPC member Swaran Singh.

The Coordinator said that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Bhai Mardana Yadgari Society and Nanakana Sahib Yatra Society were joining hands to observe the Shaeedi Diwas in Pakistan.

"The bhog ceremony will be held on June 16 and hundreds of Sikh devotees are converging in Lahore to observe Shaheedi Diwas", said Dr Prital.

AGPC president Jaswant Singh Hothi said that they have adopted Nanakshahi Calendar in principle in its original form and as per its provisions the Shaheedi Diwas falls on June 16 and not May 25 which was observed by the SGPC.

This year the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the management committee of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, has not sent the group of Sikh devotees to Pakistan as it was observing the martyrdom day on June 26 due the changes brought in the Nanak Shahi Calendar and with the permission of Jathedar Akal Takht (the highest Sikh Temporal Seat) Gyani Gurbachan Singh.


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