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Gurdwara Sahib, Walnut, CA, USA celebrated the Bandhi Chod Diwas


Bandhi Chod Diwas celebration at Walnut, California

Walnut, CA, Oct. 21, 2008
Swaran Dabgotra

Sixth Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji was imprisoned in the Gwaliar fort by the emperor Jahangir for many years. When Guru Sahib was granted freedom by the emperor, he (Guru Sahib) successfully negotiated the release of 52 kings with himself from the Gwalior Jail.

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Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji went from Gwalior straight to Darbar Sahib Amritsar and reached there on Diwali day. Sikh Sangath of Amritsar welcomed, greeted and lighted earthen lamps in his honour. There was a huge celebration by distributing sweets (Mithies) along with fireworks. Sri Darbar Sahib structure was illuminated all over. Since then Sikhs all over the world every year celebrate this occasion by going to Gurdwaras and listening to Gurbani. They greet each other and distribute sweets and serve Guru ka Langer.

Today Tuesday October 21, 2008, the Sadh Sangath of Gurdwara Sahib, Walnut, CA, USA celebrated the Bandhi Chod Diwas whole heartedly. The program started at 6 PM. Gurbani kirtan was recited by various ragi jathas and children of the Gurdwara School. They praised the Lord and brief history was narrated on Guru Sahib’s life. The main hall upstairs was packed with Sangath. Devotees had to wait in line for almost 25-30 minutes to pay respect to Guru Granth Sahib. Gurdwara was decorated and illuminate with thousands of lights in and all around the building structure. It was a beautiful sight.

Downstairs in the parking lot there were fifteen food stalls. There were all kinds of Indian sweets and snacks. This place was crowded with devotees. One could eat or taste whatever one wanted. Guru ka Langar was served and it went on until 10 PM. Everyone was enjoying. People came from various cities as far as 200 miles. We believe and estimate that there were over 3000 people.

At about 9:30 pm fireworks were displayed. This was done by professionals and with the permission of the city. The fireworks illuminated the sky for almost 15 minutes.

The program was very well organized and performed by the Management of the Gurdwara Sahib.







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