Wednesday, 6 January, 2010

Changes Sealed: Sikh Panth to have a new NanakShahi calendar

Changes Sealed: Sikh Panth to have
a new NanakShahi calendar
The Sikh Clergy today yesterday approved amendments to the Nanakshahi calendar followed by the Sikh community. Occasions like prakash and jyoti jyot purabs of Sikh gurus will be observed in line with the traditional Bikrami calendar followed before 2003.
The Nanakshahi calendar with amendments will come into force from March 14 this year. Surprisingly, the announcement was made by Giani Gurbachan Singh in absence of high priests of the other four Takhts. To complete the quorum four priests of the Golden Temple were included by the jathedar.
Justifying the step, he said there was no need of the other high priests of Takhts for making this announcement from the Akal Takht office. The jathedar of Akal Takht claimed that the amendments had been made on the recommendations of a two-member team comprising SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and chief of Gurmat Sidhant Parcharak Sant Samaj Harnam Singh Khalsa on the suggestion of an 11-member committee.
Meanwhile, the Dal Khalsa and the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), in separate press statements, took exception to the manner in which the jathedar ratified the decision of the SGPC to “dilute” the Nanakshahi calendar without calling a meet of all five jathedars.
DSGMC head Paramjit Singh said SGPC executive had no legal right to affect changes as the matter should have gone to the general house of the SGPC. Rejecting the changes, he also accused CM Parkash Singh Badal for acting on the directions of “certain saffron forces”. To retaliate this decision DSGMC even released 300000 copies of the existing Nanakshahi Calendar.

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