351st Parkash Purab celebration wrap: Bringing two weeks of celebration related to 351st birth anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji to closure, the SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal, along with SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars participated in religious programs in Mumbai yesterday.Sikhs in Punjab and across the globe have been celebrating the Parkash Purb with fervor. Earlier, the SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had strictly directed the Sikh community to celebrate Guru Sahib’s birthday on December 25 i.e. as per amended Nanakshahi calendar, however, his presence at the Mumbai celebration showed that the SGPC is willing to work with Sikhs with varying opinion on the calendar.Meanwhile, SGPC member Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and former DSGMC General secretary Harwinder Singh Sarna did raise objection over participation of SGPC president and Takht Jathedars in the function held in Mumbai. Jathedar Bhaur said that Giani Gurbachan Singh directed Sikh masses to observe Parkash Purb on December 25 but he himself violated his edict by participating in functions that celebrated the Parkash Purb as per the Original Nanakshahi calendar.351st Parkash Purab celebration wrap. It is pertinent to note here that the basic Nanakshahi calendar imposed by SGPC in 2003 had January 5 as birth date of Guru Gobind Singh Ji despite of the fact that the Sikh scriptures portray ‘Poh Sudi Satvi’ as birth date of Guru Sahib.
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