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  1. This is from the Bonham's website. It sold for: £ 22,562 inc. premium A RARE HUKAMNAMMA OR FIRMAN (OFFICIAL DOCUMENT), ISSUED BY THE GOLDEN TEMPLE AMRITSAR, CIRCA 1845-48 gurmukhi manuscript on paper, 19 lines of text finely written in black ink, large seal impression at top, laid down on cloth manuscript 475 x 263 mm.; cloth 515 x 280 mm. Footnotes This unusual document was issued by the Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), and is stamped with the official seal of the Harmandir Sahib, reading Degh-o-tegh-o-Fateh, Nusrat Beh-de-rang Yaft-az Nanak-Guru Gobind Singh. The text states it was issued at the command of Jathedar Ganda Singh, and written by the Ardasiya (prayer leader at the time) Bhai Kirpal Singh, appealing to the Sikh community to send donations to Sri Harmandir Sahib, perhaps during the initial period of British administration after the defeat of the First Anglo-Sikh War, in the reign of Maharajah Duleep Singh. Other persons named in the firman include Assistant Jathedar Dharam Singh, Head Priest Charat Singh, and service master Karam Singh. Jathedar Ganda Singh was later hanged by the British in 1848 after he and other officials of the Golden Temple clashed with British officers when they walked inside the Harmindir Sahib with their shoes on. During the clash a Government official was killed. Under the Governor of the Punjab, Lawrence, the protesting Sikhs, including Jathedar Ganda Singh, were arrested and hanged.
  2. Vjkk vjkf ji! Sangat ji I was just wondering why the maryada at harmandir sahib has maharaj jis saroop sitting on only the peedi sahib. In most guru ghar there is a takhat and then a peedi sahib on top where maharaj sits. Is there some ithihasic or maryada as to why it is done this way? Didn't mean to offend in anyway, just curious! Bhul chuk maf karni ji _/\_
  3. rare photo at Harmandir Sahib outside the Darshan Deori, that nagara is Huge!! anyone know where this nagara is now? also rare photo of Sikh armoury from Sikh Raj
  4. AMRITSAR SAHIB – A Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) langar sewadar accidentally fell into container full of boiling water in the kitchen of the Guru Ram Das Langar Hall at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) on Monday. The victim, Charanjit Singh, 50, of Chattiwind locality working as langari (cook) in the kitchen, received 70 percent burn injuries. While stirring ‘kheer’ on a furnace, Charanjit observed some impure particles of sugar on the surface. When he tried to take out the particles, he lost his balance and fell in the big vessal (karaha). SGPC staff and devotees in the vicinity pulled him out of the container immediately but he was scalded and suffered 70% burns. He was rushed to the SGPC-run Guru Ram Das Charitable Hospital. “Charanjit’s condition is said to be critical. He is in the Intensive Care Unit. The next 24 hours are critical for him as there are chances of infection. We are making efforts to provide him the best treatment. Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC president, has announced free treatment for him,” said Sulakhan Singh, Manager, Darbar Sahib. FULL NEWS - http://singhstation.net/2017/07/harmandir-sahib-langar-sewadar-accidentally-falls-boiling-vessal/
  5. Whilst out in Amritsar, Punjab, Bhai Jagraj Singh visited Harimandar Sahib and took the opportunity to ask locals if they knew the meaning of what Harimandar Sahib. In particular, a discussion took place on Miri Piri. Whilst out in Delhi, India, Bhai Jagraj Singh visited Bangla Sahib and took the opportunity to ask locals if they knew much about Sikhi. Check out parchar in Hindi. Street Parchar to Mumbaikars.
  6. News via jagbani ਅੱਤਵਾਦੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨੇ 'ਤੇ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, ਬੈਗ ਲਿਜਾਣ 'ਤੇ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ! Sep 16, 4:26 PM | Read More : ਅੱਤਵਾਦੀ | ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ | ਬੈਗ | Terrorist | Shri Darbar Sahib Author : Babita Marhas ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ- ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ 'ਤੇ ਬਾਹਰੀ ਅੱਤਵਾਦੀ ਹਮਲੇ ਦਾ ਖਤਰਾ ਹੈ। ਖੁਫੀਆ ਏਜੰਸੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਅੱਤਵਾਦੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਯੋਜਨਾ ਦੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਐੱਸ. ਜੀ. ਪੀ. ਸੀ. ਨੂੰ ਦੇ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਹੈ। ਐੱਸ ਜੀ. ਪੀ. ਸੀ. ਨੇ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਚੌਕਸੀ ਵਰਤਦੇ ਹੋਏ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਬੈਗ ਲਿਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ ਲਗਾ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਹੈ। ਐੱਸ. ਜੀ. ਪੀ. ਸੀ. ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਅਵਤਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਮੱਕੜ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ ਦੇ ਲਿਹਾਜ ਨਾਲ ਹੁਣ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਮਰਦ ਸ਼ਰਧਾਲੂ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਬੈਗ ਨਹੀਂ ਲਿਜਾ ਸਕੇਗਾ। ਹਾਲਾਂਕਿ ਮਹਿਲਾ ਸ਼ਰਧਾਲੂਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਪਰਸ ਨਾਲ ਲਿਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਇਜਾਜ਼ਤ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਐੱਸ. ਜੀ. ਪੀ. ਸੀ. ਨੇ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਖੁਫੀਆ ਏਜੰਸੀਆਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਸਾਂਝੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਕਰਨ ਤੋਂ ਇਨਕਾਰ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਜ਼ਿਕਰਯੋਗ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ 'ਚ ਰੋਜ਼ਾਨਾ ਕਰੀਬ ਇਕ ਲੱਖ ਸ਼ਰਧਾਲੂ ਮੱਥਾ ਟੇਕਣ ਆਉਂਦੇ ਹਨ। ਅਜਿਹੇ 'ਚ ਇਹ ਸਥਾਨ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ ਦੇ ਲਿਹਾਜ ਨਾਲ ਬੇਹੱਦ ਸੰਵੇਦਨਸ਼ੀਲ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਅਜਿਹੇ 'ਚ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿਖੇ ਮੱਥਾ ਟੇਕਣ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਸ਼ਰਧਾਲੂ ਐੱਸ. ਜੀ. ਪੀ. ਸੀ. ਵਲੋਂ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ 'ਚ ਬੈਗ ਲਿਜਾਣ 'ਤੇ ਲਗਾਈ ਗਈ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ ਨੂੰ ਸਕਾਰਾਤਮਕ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਲੈਣ ਅਤੇ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ ਦੇ ਲਿਹਾਜ ਨਾਲ ਇਸ ਮਾਮਲੇ 'ਤੇ ਐੱਸ. ਜੀ. ਪੀ. ਸੀ. ਦਾ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। AMRITSAR: Security around Golden Temple has been beefed up after receiving a threat call from an anonymous caller last week. As part of the increased security, the cloak room (gathri ghar) has been shifted from the temple complex and bags, pouches and big camera cases have been banned inside the sanctum sanctorum. Police have also deployed extra forces in the vicinity of Golden Temple and sarais. Golden Temple manager Partap Singh told TOI on Tuesday that gathri ghar situated near parikarma was shifted towards Aata Mandi outside the complex, besides other security measure like ban on handbags. Amritsar police commissioner J S Aulakh said that a few days ago, the SGPC manager had received an anonymous threat call, demanding money. "The caller didn't inform how and where the cash was to be delivered," he said. Aulakh said the security deployment around Golden Temple and all the sarais have been strengthened. The management of Golden Temple had also taken several steps to augment the security. Intelligence sources said heavy contingent of policemen and sleuths of intelligence bureau had been deployed around the shrine. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the ban on handbags inside Golden Temple has been imposed on the basis of certain inputs. Under the circumstances, it becomes imperative to take preventive measures, he said. The management had also installed CCTVs in parikarma. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Chandigarh/Security-tightened-around-Golden-Temple/articleshow/42657873.cms Hindi news media also reported it: http://www.bhaskar.com/news/PUN-AMR-enhanced-security-of-the-golden-temple-4747382-NOR.html http://www.chandigarh.amarujala.com/news/city-news-chd/punjab-amritsar-golden-temple-threat-hindi-news/
  7. Tuesday 12th of August 2014 Harmandir Sahib: The Golden Temple http://www.billionairesaustralia.com/beautiful-building-world-defended-sikh-warriors/
  8. http://www.tapoban.org/webforum/read.php?1,6465 Foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib: Sri Guru Arjan Dev or Sai Mian Mir? Taken from “Sri Harimandar Sahib Sunehri Itihaas” published by Dharam Parchaar Committee SGPC Translated by Admin www.tapoban.org Foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib Sri Guru Arjan Dev jee and Baba Buddha jee consulted with the leading Sikhs of the time and set a day for setting the foundation stone of Sri Harimandar Sahib. A great congregation took place of 1 Maagh, 1654 Bk. The Sarovar had been drained in preparation and the divaan took place in the sarovar itself. Sri Guru jee explained the meaning of Harimandar and the importance. After distributing karah parshaad and invoking the first four Satgurus, Baba Buddha jee asked Guru Arjan Dev jee to place the first brick. Sri Guru Arjan Dev jee with his hands then placed the first brick: ਇਮਿ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਕਰੀ ਿਬ੍ਰਧ ਜਬੈ। ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਰਜਨ ਕਰ ਪੰਕਜ ਤਬੈ॥੧੩॥ ਗਹੀ ਈਟ ਤਿਹ ਕਰੀ ਿਟਕਾਵਨ। ਮੰਦਰ ਅਿਵਚਲ ਨੀਵ ਰਖਾਵਨ। (Gurpartap Suraj Ras 2, Ansu 53). It is clear that Gurpartap Suraj Granth says that Sri Guru Arjan laid the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib with his own hands. Why the Confusion? The first Sikh historian to write otherwise was Giani Gian Singh. In the third Lahore edition of Sri Gur Panth Parkash, he writes that Mian Mir placed the brick. What is odd is that Giani jee in the first edition of Panth Parkash (published in Delhi, 1936Bk.) and in the second edition (published in Amritsar, 1946Bk) does not say who placed the first brick. Only in the third Lahore edition does he say that Mian Mir placed the first brick but does not say where he has learned this from nor does he give any reference. From the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib to the writing of Panth Parkash, 300 years had passed. None of the writers of Gurbilas Patshahi 6, Gurbilas Patshahi 10, Mehma Parkash (1776), Bansavalinama, Gurkirat Parkash (1812), Suraj Granth nor Pracheen Panth Parkash by Rattan Singh Bhangu had indicated that Mian Mir was involved in laying the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib. Further, none of the Muslim writers who have written biographies of Mian Mir have written that he laid the foundation. This is odd because they would have been very proud to note such a fact. It seems clear that the story of Mian Mir laying the foundation is imaginary. Butay Shah: Beginning the Myth Principal Satbir Singh has written that the first person to write about Mian Mir having laid the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib was Butay Shah (real name Ghulam Muhaiyuddin) in his book “Tavarikh-i-Punjab.” Butay Shah was a Muslim Maulvi. He writes, “Shah Mian Mir came to Amritsar at the invitation of Sri Guru Arjan Dev jee and with his holy hands, placed four bricks in the four directions and one in the middle.” A hand-written copy of this work says that it was written in 1848AD. The British were in control of Punjab at that time. No Sikh or non-Sikh writer had written about Mian Mir before this time. How did Butay Shah find his information? He has not given any source. The method he outlines of how the foundation was laid is also unusual and has not been seen or read anywhere before. Bhai Rattan Singh Bhangoo writes about Butay Shah in Pracheen Panth Parkash. Rattan Singh had found out that the British had hired Shah to write the Khalsa’s history in Persian. He protested that a Maulvi would not do justice to Sikh history because there had always been tension/conflict between Hindus and Sikhs and the Moslems and they spoke against each other. Giani Gian Singh also writes about the above incident. He writes how Rattan Singh and Cpt. Murray discussed the issue and Rattan Singh told him that Sikh history written by a Maulvi would be of harm to the Sikhs and he did not write the truth. He told Murray that each person could write about his own religion for which he was knowledgeable but he could not write about another’s religion properly especially in the case where there was conflict between the respective religions. He said clearly to Murray after seeing the history written by Butay Shah, “he will write history in a way that will harm the Singhs.” And also “how will he write the truth? He will write what is the opposite.” (Sri Guru Panth Parkash Poorbaardh Bisram dooa)“ After this, Rattan Singh wrote Panth Parkash and gave it to Cpt. Murray. Murray kept both Panth Parkash and Tavarikh-i-Punjab with him. Rattan Singh did not however write in Panth Parkash who placed the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib. Clearly from what Rattan Singh told Cpt. Murray, he saw that Maulvi Butay Shah was writing Sikh history in a twisted and inaccurate way. Which Account is Authentic? Accepting Butay Shah’s statement that Mian Mir placed the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib, Sohan Lal Suri in his book Umda-Tu-Tavarikh (1885 AD) repeated the same thing. In the same way, the Amritsar Municipal Corporation in their record for 1849 to 1885 seem to have relied on Butay Shah and recorded Mian Mir as having placed the foundation. Before all these, Kavi Santokh Singh wrote in Gurpartap Sooraj Granth (1900BK) that Guru Arjan had placed the foundation. Bhai Santokh Singh had received his training at Sri Amritsar Sahib from Bhai Sant Singh. Bhai Sant Singh used to do Katha every day at Sri Darbar Sahib. Before him, his brother Giani Gurdas Singh and their father, Bhai Surat Singh used to do this seva at Sri Harimandar Sahib. Bhai Surat Singh’s ustad was Bhai Gurbaksh Singh, who had received his training in Gurmat and Sikh history from Bhai Mani Singh jee himself. Bhai Mani Singh jee had been in the Guru’s service since the time of Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib. Bhai Sahib’s grand father, Bhai Baloo jee was a Sikh of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib and was shahid in the Battle of Amritsar in 1691Bk. Bhai Mani Singh jee must have known from his grandfather and father about the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib and certainly must have been told by the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth Guru of the same. Bhai Mani Singh passed on his knowledge to Bhai Gurbaksh Singh, who then passed the knowledge to Bhai Surat Singh who educated his two sons, Bhai Gurdas Singh and Bhai Sant Singh. It was from Bhai Sant Singh that Kavi Santokh Singh learned of the foundation of Sri Harimandar Sahib. It is clear that Kavi Santokh Singh’s knowledge is more reliable than that of Butay Shah. Butay Shah and Sohan Lal Suri do not have even a distant relationship with Sri Harimandir Sahib nor did their ancestors have any link. It is clear that these writers have not relied on anything besides their own imaginations. In fact, Butay Shah and Sohan Lal Suri’s accounts do not match between themselves. Butay Shah writes that four bricks were placed in the four directions and one in the middle. He then writes that Mian Mir was invited to Amritsar by Guru Arjan Dev jee. Sohan Lal writes however that Guru jee himself went to Lahore and invited Mian Mir to place the foundation of Harimandar Sahib in Amritsar. There is no further mention of whether Mian Mir came to Amritsar and whether he placed one or five foundation bricks. In a court of law, where the statements of the witnesses don’t match, they are not given any credence. Therefore the writings of Butay Shah and Sohan Lal cannot be accepted, especially since they have both been written after Gurpartap Suraj Granth. Dr. Madanjit Kaur on the Issue Sikh historian Dr. Madanjit Kaur writes in “The Golden Temple: Past and Present, “According to the earliest Sikh tradition, the foundation stone of the Harmander was laid by Guru Arjan himself. A mason, so goes the story, accidentally displaced the brick (the foundation stone). On seeing this, the Guru prophesized that the foundation would be laid again in the near future. This version of Bhai Santokh Singh is carried by almost all subsequent Sikh sources right up to the twentieth century ….” The author further writes: “The story of Mian Mir having laid foundation of Harmander appears amongst the Persian sources for the first time in Bute Shah’s, ‘Tawarikh-I-Punjab’… The real objective of the author (Bute Shah) was to eradicate any chance of animosity between Sikhs and Muslims after fall of Sikh Kingdom…” “The first recorded reference to this version in European sources is to be met immediately in, “The Punjab notes and queries”. It records: ‘The foundation stone was laid by Mian Mir...’ The contributor of the entry, E. Nicholl, (Secretary, Municipal Committee, Amritsar) does not cite any authority, he merely states the facts”. Renowned Sikh historian, S. Piara Singh Padam also accepts that Sri Guru Arjan Dev jee laid the foundation. He writes “Mian Mir was barely 36-37 years old at the time. Only after considerable meditation did he finally (later in life) become so respected.” Therefore it is clear that the foundation Sri Harimandar Sahib was laid by Sri Guru Arjan Dev jee. The myth of the foundation being laid by Sai Mian Mir is a fabrication of the mid 19th Century.
  9. Waheguru ji ka khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh "eh muslim priwaar har mahene ik war darbar sahib de darshan karan jroor aunda hai galbaat de dauran enha dasea k 1984 vich jdo ik sikh (nishan singh na dasea ena os sikh veer da) hindua to bachdea hoyea ena de ghar aa wadeaa ta ena ne apne ik put de sir te pag ban k jis de dhadi rakhi hoie c nu onha de havale kr dita te onha ne enha de samne agg jiode nu la diti .galbaat daoran eh sab futt futt k ro paye ate kendhe asi ethe allha da sukar krn aunde ha par asi apne dharm vich parpakk ha ate kehnde saanu etho di rohaaniat sanu khich leaodi hai." "This Muslim family come to Darbar Sahib every month for darshan. While talking to them, they told that in 1984, a sikh ( his name was Nishan Singh) running from Hindus came to their house for shelter. They tied turban to one of their son's head, who has beard, and gave him to the Hindu mob. Their son was burnt alive in front of their eyes. They started crying during this conversation. They said that they come to Darbar Sahib to thank Allah but they are devout Muslims. The roohaniat of Darbar Sahib brings them here" Before bashing other religions, please understand that TRUTH exists in every religion. At the end, God will not judge us based on our religion, but on our actions.Lets improve our actions and be what our Gurus want us to be. Consider all human race as one!!
  10. Sadh Sangat Jeo, Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh, An online petition has been created calling for the UK Government to reckognise the aftermath of indira gandhi's assisination as genocide of the Sikhs. The Australian government has highlighted this issue, and we need to get the ball rolling in the UK too. Please Please Please lets try and get 100,000 signatures so that this issue can be given a chance to be debated in Parliament. Theres nothing we cant achieve if we act as one nation under one nishan! Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41156 Anti-Sikh violence in November 1984 in India should be classed as Genocide Responsible department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office We the signatories of this E-Petrition urge the UK government to the anti-sikh violence committed in India in November 1984, following the death of Indra Ghandhi and classify it as an act of genocide. There is more than enough evidence from Sikh groups, Human rights groups and eye witnesses to show the violence was carefully orchestrated and police, congress members and high ranking officials were not only complicit in the violence but provided support for those carrying out murder, looting and rape. To this day Sikhs (who have a long and proud connection with the UK) have had no real closure. So now we urge as in Australia that this issue be debated and then the acts of November 1984 be classified as Genocide. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41156
  11. http://timesofindia....ow/16566227.cms AMRITSAR: Radha Soami Satsang Dera Beas chief Baba Gurinder Singh visit to Golden Temple on Wednesday has sparked a new controversy. According to reports, Baba Gurinder Singh arrived at Golden Temple in the morning like a humble Sikh and paid obeisance. He reportedly remained in the sanctum sanctorum for half an hour and also received siropa besides paying obeisance at Akal Takht. Commenting on his visit to Golden Temple, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said, "His visit proves that he is not a guru, but the real guru is Guru Granth Sahib." He said a Sikh could never proclaim to be a guru and advised Baba Gurinder Singh to propagate Shabad Guru. Chief of dera Beas, who enjoys Z plus security, was reportedly accompanied by three persons, including his security chief Sarabjit Singh Bedi and former superintendent of police Paramdeep Singh Teja. Earlier, Giani Gurbachan Singh had given clean chit to Dera Beas in case of alleged demolition of a Gurdwara at Waraich village despite severe opposition by various Sikh organizations that even gave a call to boycott the Akal Takht jathedar. Surprisingly, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee officials expressed ignorance about Dera chief's visit to Golden Temple. Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh said, "Beas dera chief's bowing before Guru Granth Sahib could be construed as a positive signal." However, he said, it was yet to be seen if he discards the practice of proclaiming himself as living guru and accepts Guru Granth Sahib as his eternal guru or not. "There are so many ifs and buts and unanswered questions yet," he said. Sources said Baba Gurinder Singh paid obeisance at Golden Temple to earn goodwill and improve his image among Sikhs as a large number of them are followers of Beas dera.
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