Akal Takht junks SGPC plea to extend Parkash Parv date.
AMRITSAR: A plea submitted by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) seeking the extension of the date of parkash parv (birth anniversary) of Guru Gobind Singh was struck down by Akal Takht on Monday. Confusion has prevailed among the Sikhs over the date of birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh master due to the calendar row. During the executive meeting of the SGPC held at Patiala on November 6, its president Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar had appealed to the Akal Takht to extend the date of the parkash parv to January 5 as December 25 coincides with the martyrdom days of the Guru’s SOS.Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh opposed the SGPC plea saying that gurpurb was fixed on “Poh (Sudi 7)”, which falls on December 25 this year according to the Bikrami calendar. Last time, it was on January 5. During a meeting held at the Akal Takht secretariat on Monday, the Sikh clergy, led by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, resolved to celebrate gurpurb on December 25. In the resolution passed by the Sikh clergy, the apex gurdwara body was also directed to cooperate with management of Takht Patna Sahib in celebrating the parkash parv on December 25 to conclude the year-long celebrations of 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh master. Without commenting on the rationale cited by the SGPC behind postponement of gurpurb, the Akal Takht also asked the SGPC to make arrangements for observing the martyrdom day of Guru Gobind Singh’s younger sons, namely Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, and mother Mata Gujri at Fatehgarh Sahib.
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