Program Update – October 2015

GuruAngadDevJiHistorical Events:

Kirtan and Katha Duties:

Construction Update:

As you know, construction at Gurdwara Sahib is going on in full swing. Once completed, we’ll have better living space for visiting Jathas, more space in the Langar Hall and overall a much better experience for the Sangat. We’d request you to contribute your Daswand and help complete the construction projects. You can donate online on the website by clicking here. You can also send your checks to Dashmesh Darbar, 800 Port Reading Ave, Port Reading NJ. May Guru Bless you with Gursikhi Jiwan and Prosperity!


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Jotijot – Guru Amardas Ji

September 28 marks the jotijot diwas of Guru Amardas Ji. There will be a special Diwan today evening to commemorate the Gurpurab as per the following schedule:

6:40PM to 7:00PM – Rehras Sahib
7:00PM to 7:25PM – Kirtan by Bh Balwinder Singh ji
7:25PM to 7:55PM – Katha by Bh Gurjit Singh ji
7:55 to 8:05PM – Kirtan and Samapti

Some of the many contributions of Guru Amardas ji:

  • Established the Manji System – an Administration system for preaching and management of the increasing size of the Sikh congregations
  • Abolished the Parda and Sati System
  • Established the city of Goindval on the banks of river Bias
  • Contributed a total of 907 hymns to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Click here to read a brief about Guru Amardas Ji‘s life.

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kurabaanee thinaaa(n) gurasikhaa(n) bhaae bhagath gurapurab karandhae|

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First Prakash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib Ji

First PrakashSept 14th marks the First Prakash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Please accept our heartiest greetings on the Gurpurab. May Guru bless all with His Love and Sewa!

To commemorate the Gurpurab, we’ll have a special Diwan today evening as per the following schedule.

Please click here to read about the journey and history of Guru Granth Sahib ji.

Please share with friends and family.

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21 Against 10,000- The Battle Of Saragarhi

On the Samana Range of the Hindu Kush mountains in Pakistan, the British Army built a small communications post at Saragarhi, to be housed by an equally small contingent of soldiers. The region had always been a troubled area, and during the last quarter of the 19th century, British India’s hold on the North West Frontier was tenuous. In fact, several expeditions had been sent to maintain control and suppress rebellion in the region in the years immediately preceding the Saragarhi battle.

saragarhi-soldiersSaragarhi, itself, was little more than a small block house and a signaling tower. It was constructed to enable communications between Fort Lockhart and Fort Gulistan, two more significant British posts situated on either side of Saragarhi, albeit several miles apart.

Equipped with a heliograph, Saragarhi transmitted messages by using flashes of sunlight, sent much like telegraphic communication (read: Morse code). The flashes themselves were made by either pivoting a mirror or interrupting a beam of light.

In the summer of 1897, things were getting tense in the region, and the British had only recently ended an uprising of Pashtun tribesmen in the Malakand region (known later as the Siege of Malakand) in early August. By the end of the month, there was a general uprising of Afghans, and by the beginning of September, Pashtuns were actively attempting to capture British Army positions, including attacks on Fort Gulistan on September 3 and September 9.

saragarhi-mapTo combat the Pashtun offenses, troops were sent from Fort Lockhart to reinforce Fort Gulistan, and after the battle on the 9th, on their return trip, a few soldiers were left to reinforce the small detachment at Saragarhi. All of the 21 soldiers remaining at Saragarhi were members of the 36th Sikh Regiment of the British Army, and the contingent was led by Havildar Ishar Singh.

On September 12, 1897, in an effort to prevent any further communications between Forts Lockhart and Gulistan, 10,000 Pashtuns attacked Saragarhi, beginning at about 9 a.m.

Since Saragarhi was a communications post, almost the entire battle was broadcast in real time by its signal man, Sardar Gurmukh Singh, which is why we today know what exactly happened there when 21 faced off against 10,000.

Shortly after the attack began, Gurmukh Singh signaled for aid to Lieutenant Colonel John Haughton at Fort Lockhart, but he was told that immediate help was unavailable. Undeterred, the Sikh soldiers committed to fighting to the last to prevent the encroaching Pashtuns from reaching the other forts.

The first man injured was Bhagwan Singh, and sometime after, the invaders broke part of the wall of the picket. Offers were made to the Sikhs in exchange for surrender, but they were refused. The Sikhs were trying to buy as much time as possible for the other forts to be reinforced, and were willing to pay for that time with their lives. After two unsuccessful attempts at the gates, the Pashtun forces eventually breached the wall. Fierce hand-to-hand fighting ensued.

Shortly before the end, Ishar Singh ordered his men to retreat even further while he remained behind in defense. He, too, fell, during that charge, as did all of the remaining soldiers except for the heliograph operator, Gurmukh Singh. Gurmukh was the last to die, after being burned to death when the Pashtuns set fire to the post. He is reported to have repeatedly yelled until the end, the Sikh battle cry, “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal,” meaning “Shout aloud in ecstasy! True is the great Timeless One.”

Although no Sikh survived the battle, their sacrifice sufficiently delayed the Pashtuns such that reinforcements were able to arrive at the Pashtuns’ ultimate target, Fort Gulistan, in time to stop its fall.

In addition to the 21 Sikh dead, reports of Pashtun losses range from between 180 and 600, though it’s difficult to discern the true number accurately. That said, it was probably at least 180 as that is what the Pashtuns themselves later reported as their losses in that battle.

For their sacrifice, each of the Sikh soldiers were awarded the Indian Order of Merit, the highest award for gallantry then given to Indian soldiers by the British. In addition, Saragarhi Day is celebrated each year on September 12 to commemorate the battle.


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Program Update – September 2015

Historical events this month:prakash_guru_granth_sahib

Kirtan and Katha Duties this month:


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Camp Nadar a huge success!

By Guru’s grace this year’s Gurmat Camp – Camp Nadar was a huge success! The response was amazing with nearly 80 participants ranging from ages 3 to 18. Click here to view the video that Camp Nadar Team has put together.


Camp Nadar team put in a lot of hard work for the past 4-6 weeks to ensure that the children learn in a fun and creative environment keeping the theme of Seva in mind. Our hope is that all participants and facilitators will at least contemplate on Seva in a manner that furthers our commitment to Sikhi.

On behalf of the Camp Nadar team, we would like to thank the local volunteers for making this an event that we will all remember. Special thanks goes to ALL THE LOCAL VOLUNTEERS & PARENTS that worked behind the scenes to plan for this for past several months on various fronts. From setting up, t-shirt design, running around to get supplies/food, preparing for lesson plan, serving the wonderful meals/snacks, sponsoring meals/snack, clean up, activities to name a few! It takes enormous effort to organize and run such a camp and the whole Sangat played a part in making this happen!!

In addition, we would like thank all the facilitators who took time off from work to help support this camp. All the facilitators do this on a volunteer basis and we really appreciate your commitments to making this possible!

Please let us know if you have any feedback about the camp.

Once again, thanks to Guru Sahib, the Camp Nadar Team and the Sangat to make this camp a success!


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Gurmat Camp 2015

By Guru’s grace Gurmat Camp 2015 will be held from Aug 17th to Aug 21st.

9:30 – 9:45 AM – Registration
10:00 – 11:00 AM – Morning Diwan
11:00 – 12:00 PM Session I
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Session II
2:00 – 3:00 PM Session III
3:00 – 3:30 PM Wrap up/Games



To register your child for the camp, or for any questions, please send an email to You can also call 732-541-6000 and register with the manager.

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