MORE than 1,000 Sikh devotees from all over the country took part in a grand procession to mark the opening of thefour-storey Gurdwara Sahib Temple in Jalan Tokong Ular, Bayan Baru, Penang.

The Nagar Kirtan procession started from the old temple in Lorong Mahsuri on Thursday, featuring the Sri Darvesh Pipe Band from Kuala Lumpur, a convoy of Punjabi super bikers and members of the Sikh community.

The Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book) was transported on a beautifully decorated carriage and was then carried into the prayer hall at the temple by the chief priest.

“It’s customary to hold this ceremony before the opening of a Gurdwara Sahib Temple,” said Gurdwara Sahib Bayan Baru building fundraising committee chairman Manjit Singh.

The procession was part of a four-day celebration held to mark the official opening of the new temple tomorrow.

During the 45-minute procession starting at 8pm, traffic policemen were present to ensure everything went smoothly along the Bayan Baru main road.

The Balak Kirtan (hymns and prayers by children) was held yesterday followed by a screening of a Sikh religious movie while the Akhand Path (continuous recital of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji), which started on 9am on Friday, will continue until tomorrow morning.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will launch the new building tomorrow.

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Free WI-FI at Golden Temple

AMRITSAR — Devotees visiting Punjab’s Golden Temple will now have free Wi-Fi internet access within the temple complex and its peripheral area. Free wi-fi facility will be provided by Videocon.

The facility would be available in all nearby routes around the periphery of Golden Temple, besides all the guest-houses run by SGPC for pilgrims in the temple complex.

The service would not be available inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the marbled area around the water pond, keeping religious ethics in view, Additional Secretary of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Daljit Singh Bedi said here on Sunday.

He said wi-fi would also be functional in all the offices of SGPC and related offices of Golden Temple, besides Akal Takht.

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Shriya at Golden Temple

Actress Shriya Saran has visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar to seek the divine blessings of the Almighty.

She thanked the people of Amritsar for their love and affection. Shriya also visited the Wagah Boarder.

Even though Shriya has mostly done south Indian films and became a star heroine, she is loved by North audiences. This fact is proved by Shriya’s ranking in every year’s poll for the national level “Times Most Desirable Women”.

Shirya is the only Tollywood Actress to feature in the Times Most Desirable Women for year 2015. She was ranked 6th much ahead of Bollywood hottiesShraddhaKapoor, Katrina Kaif, Amy Jackson, Kangana Ranaut etc.

Not only in 2015, Shriya was ranked 7th & 5th in 2013 & 2014 as well. It is rare for a South actress to get so much love from North Indians.


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Book on Golden Temple released

A coffee table book titled ‘Sachkhand Sri Harimandir Sahib’, with as many as 180 photographs of the Golden Temple and its premises spanning seasons, festivals, celebrations and moods through the year, was released Wednesday.

Besides Hindi, English and Punjabi, the book also has texts in Dutch, French and Spanish.

Released at an inter-faith gathering in Ludhiana by religious heads from Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Christian communities, the author and eminent photographer, Ranjodh Singh, said the idea behind the book is to project that “Golden Temple is a temple of humanity and for not Sikhs alone”.

Punjabi texts, there is a supplementary book which has translations in Spanish, French and Dutch. Lakhs of foreigners come to visit the Golden Temple but return without knowing its history and facts.”

Not only sunrise to sunset and Diwali to Gurpurab at the temple, Ranjodh has also captured various visitors to the shrine. “People from different parts of the world have faith in the temple. They have one religion and humanity. I have also captured diverse visitors coming from various states, even other countries.”

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Crawford Family Professor of Religion Nikky-Guninder Singh, an expert on Sikhism, has lectured at numerous conferences and events this academic year. She is scheduled to speak on “Navigating Religious Identity in Our New Worlds” as an interfaith scholar in Fresno, Calif., April 8. Previous engagements include

“Sacred and Secular Lyrics from the Punjab” at Wolfson College, Oxford, U.K., March 19, 2016

“Sensuous Metaphysics of the Japji” at the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 27, 2016

“The Janamsakhis: Early Sikh Art,” invited lecture at the Asian Arts Museum, San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 20, 2016

“In the Language of Colors: Early Sikh Art,” part of a seminar series at the Center for Asian Studies University of Edinburgh, U.K., Jan. 21, 2016

“Sikh Pluralism,” keynote address for Guru Nanak celebration at the White House, Dec. 14, 2015

“Teaching Sikhism at a New England Liberal Arts College,” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 5, 2015

“Visuality and Sikh Feminisms,” keynote address at the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Sept. 29, 2015

“Japji Stanza 38: A Manual for Sikh Mysticism,” for the fourth annual Conference on Sri Guru Granth Sahib, San Jose, Calif., Sept. 19, 2015

“Gurus, Prophets, and Messiahs: A Christian Sikh Dialogue,” at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, U.K., July 14, 2015

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