Sikh Spirit Rises at Tercentennial Celebration of Siri Guru Granth
at Palatine, IL
Chicago, Oct. 21, 2008
Jo Bole So Nihal………Sat
Siri Akaal !!!
Solemn Sikh Spirit Rises at Tercentennial Celebration of Siri Guru
Granth Sahib as Eternal Guru
A joyous congregation of nearly 1000 Sikhs of the Sikh Religious
Society in Palatine Illinois assembled and celebrated the 300th
anniversary of the Sikh Scripture ordained as their Eternal Guru
by the tenth and the last living Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh,
on October 20, 1708 thereby abolishing the lineage of living Gurus
“Aagya Bhayee Akaal Ki, Tabhi Chalaayo Panth. Sabh Sikhan
Ko Hukam Hai Guru Maanyo Granth.”
(God commanded me to start this faith tradition. From now on all
my Sikhs are hereby ordered to accept Granth as their Guru)
The celebration consisted of "Kirtan" (singing of hymns),
"Katha" (sermons), "Dhadi Jatha" upbeat and
uplifting traditional singing, distribution of sweets and Langar.
There were lectures and reflections about the treasure of wisdom
in Gurbaani from Guru Granth Sahib. Members talked about the need
to create more awareness of the Guru's wonderful message of peace
and harmony contained in Guru Granth Sahib. This is needed among
our own community and also in the mainstream.
Despite being a weekday and working day evening an enthusiastic
congregation of local Sikhs assembled in the Gurudwara. An even
larger congregation is expected on the special weekend celebration
on Sunday Oct. 26.
Many members of the Sangat took upon themselves to complete reading
of the 1430 pages scripture at their own pace, known as “Sehaj
Paath”. The uninterrupted end to end continuous reading of
the holy book is known as "Akhand Paath."
The community members congratulated each other for being so fortunate
to witness this tercentennial in their own life time.
"The best tribute you as a Sikh can give to this historical
event is to actually read yourself, understand, and apply in your
daily living," said Bhai Mohinder Singh the head granthi of
the Gurudwara in Palatine.
Rajinder Singh Mago read the State of Illinois Governor's Proclamation
declaring Oct. 20, 2008 as "Siri Guru Granth Sahib Day"
in the State of Illinois.
Twenty five million Sikhs celebrated this event with great veneration
and enthusiasm throughout the world where ever they call home.