To expand reach in Pakistan, SGPC to publish Urdu literature: The Tribune India
Amritsar, August 7
As part of the commemoration of the centenary of ‘Guru Ka Bagh Morcha’ and ‘Saka Panja Sahib’, the SGPC has decided to publish informational brochures in Urdu, relating to the significance of the events.
Today, the SGPC organized a big “nagar kirtan” from Gurdwara Baba Budha Sahib, Ramdass to Gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh Morcha at Ghookewali village, 25 km from here.
While the main event of ‘Guru Ka Bagh Morcha’ was scheduled for August 8 here, the ‘Saka Panja Sahib’ would be commemorated on October 30. The two events were linked as part of the Gurdwara reform movement of 1922.
Pamphlets on Guru Ka Bagh Morcha and Saka Panja Sahib are published not only in Punjabi, Hindi, English, but also in Urdu. These will be distributed free of charge in Pakistan. — Ajaib Singh Abhyasi, SGPC Dharam Parchar Committee Member
Ajaib Singh Abhyasi, a member of the Dharam Parchar Committee (DPC) of the SGPC, said various special programs have been drawn up for the occasion.
In a first, the SGPC intends to observe Saka Panja Sahib at the historic Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A communication has already been forwarded to the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) for visa facilitation.
The SGPC would also conduct Gurmat programs at Gurdwara Panja Sahib by initiating the ‘akhand path’ on October 28 and the ‘bhog’ would be performed on October 30.
In addition, the SGPC will also organize a special seminar dedicated to the occasion. A special jatha will also be sent to Pakistan. Also, special copper coins, a postage stamp and an envelope dedicated to the occasion would be introduced.
Abhyasi said the PSGPC raised the issue of visas with the Pakistani Ministry of Interior, initially for a six-member delegation to discuss the programs. “We await their response,” he said.
The SGPC has designed a special logo to mark the occasion, in addition plans are underway to introduce special copper coins which will have the SGPC logo on one side and the image of Gurdwara Panja Sahib on the other side .
Similarly, a special postage stamp and envelope would also be introduced in coordination with the Indian postal authorities.
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