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Guru Granth Sahib celebrating- Sikhism completes 300 years of Gurship

Twenty five million Sikhs around the world, including about half a million in the US, are celebrating the declaration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib - the Sikh Holy Scripture - as the Eternal Guru (spiritual guide) of the Sikhs by the 10th and the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, on October 20 in 1708 at Nanded in Maharashtra.

  • Lahore Sikh Pilgrims leave for Guru Granth celebrations
  • Guru Granth Sahib-the Guru eternal’ book released on tercentenary celebrations
  • Parkash Singh Badal has appealed to his countrymen to participate in the tercentenary celebrations of Guru-Ta-Gaddi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood among various communities.
    • Punjab CM releases pictorial album on 300th years of Gurta Gaddi diwas celeberations. He released a pictorial album 'Beksan-Ra-Yaar – Guru Gobind Singh' on the life and philosophy of the tenth master of Sikhs
  • Sonia Gandhi: Nanded (Maharashtra), Oct 7 United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson and Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi was addressing a public meeting after visiting Guru-Da-Gaddi celebrations at Huzoorsaheb gurudwara, where she described Guru Govind Singh as a true nationalist.
  • Barack Obama: WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has extended his greetings to the Sikh community in America on the tercentenary celebration
    s of consecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.

    In a letter addressed to the American Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Obama also thanked the Sikhs for their efforts to promote cultural diversity.

    "Throughout the world, Sikh communities are celebrating the tercentenary of the Guruship of Sri Guru Granth Sahib," Senator Obama said. The message has been posted in media websites

  • Nanded readies to welcome 2.5 million Sikhs: The celebrations will mark the remembrance of the 300th year of the consecration of Guru Granth Sahib as the last guru of the Sikhs
  • Sacramento Sikhs to hold World Interfaith Peace March-As part of the Tercentenary celebrations of Guruship of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Community of Sacramento, in collaboration with the Interfaith Service Bureau, is holding a World Interfaith Peace March on October 11, 2008 in downtown Sacramen


Sikhs to celebrate Gurta- Gaddi Divas on Oct 30 at Nanded Sahib

Patiala, Oct 20: Sikhs all over north India have celebrated 300th anniversary of Gurta-Gaddi celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib on Monday as per the Nanakshahi Calendar.

The Governments of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and the administration of Union Territory Chandigarh have declared October 20th as a Holiday.

Despite all three Takhts of Punjab, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) and many Sikh organisations have celebrated the event of the tercentenary celebrations of Gurta Gaddi Diwas today as per Nanakshahi Calendar.

The Takht Hazur Sahib, Takht Patna Sahib and many Panthic organisations would celebrate the mega event at Abchal Nagar, Hazur Sahib (Maharashtra), as per traditional Bikrami Calendar on October 30.

While the main function in Punjab has organised by SGPC at Takht Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo) on Monday, Takhat Hazoor Sahib Nanded will be witnessing the devotion of millions celebrating '300 Saal Guru de Naal' for a week beginning October 27 to November 4.

The celebrations there will begin with 'Takhat Snan' of Sachkhand, Nanded, on October 27. After that, a series of events will take place during the Shatabdi Samagam from October 29 to November 4.

Bureau Report

The Guru Granth Sahib will be taken out in processions throughout the city
Sikhs in over 100 gurudwaras of the city are to join the processions.

Sikhs ready for tercentenary celebrations
Ashutosh Shukla
Friday, October 17, 2008 03:41 IST

The mood is of celebration and people are diligently working towards it to make it a grand success. While some work to erect a decorative tent that will provide shade for hundreds of devotees, others work towards putting up colourful curtains along the steps of the Gurudwara Dashmesh Darbar (GDD) at GTB Nagar.

Inside the Gurudwara, women folks sit in a circle segregating petals of different flowers to shower them on the ‘Golden Palkhi’ that came to the city on Thursday from Amritsar. The place for a week will be the talking point among the Sikhs as it will house the ‘Golden Palkhi’ which will be given the Guru Granth Sahib from the Gurudwara. Then it will travel to Nanded as part of the tercentenary celebrations of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Nanded is the place where the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, gave the Granth Sahib the Guru Gaddi. The ‘Golden Palkhi’ will be taking a Guru Granth Sahib in a procession to Nanded that will leave on October 23 after participating in a few processions in the city.

Bhai Ranjit Singh, the second in command priest of the 49-year-old GDD, said, “The Palkhi will stay here for a week and leave on October 23 early morning. The Palkhi will be involved in three processions in the city.”

Sikhs in over 100 gurudwaras of the city are to join the processions. Balbir Singh,
committee member of Gurudwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha in Dadar that forms the central body of all the Gurudwaras in the city said, “Around 20,000 Sikhs
from are expected to reach Nanded in different ways on different dates. They will select the mode of transport they prefer.”




The Adi Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the holy book, or scriptures, of the Sikhs.
  • Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the tenth Guru in Sikh tradition, affirmed the sacred text Adi Granth as his successor, terminating the line of human Gurus, and elevating the text to Guru Granth Sahib.
  • From that point on, the text remained not only the holy scripture of the Sikhs, but is also regarded by them as the living embodiment of the Ten Gurus.
  • The role of Guru Granth Sahib, as a source or guide of prayer,[4] is pivotal in worship in Sikhism.