Posts tagged: gurdwara

My Teacher’s Teacher, Bhajan Lal

Bhajan Lal, my tabla teacher's teacher, was born in Lahore in 1935. One of three brothers, his father passed away before he completed the sixth grade, the grade in which he would end his formal education. He was twelve years old. Something else happened in his twelfth year: Indian independence, the formation of the Pakistani
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Spiral of Naad

If you have never been to Darbar Sahib or India, there is a spiral circulation of people that is constant at Darbar Sahib, the Takhts (Sikh Thrones) and other large gurdwara complexes such as Goindwal or Tarn Taran. These Gurdwaras have perkarmas and sarovars—walkways encircling the water tanks. Some have only one entrance, but all
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Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla is the Sikh festival which falls in March (2013 is March 28th) and a national holiday in India. Together the words "Hola Mohalla" stand for "mock fight". During this festival, processions are organized and accompanied by large “nagara” drums and headed by Panj Pyaras, which proceed from one Gurdwara to another. The custom
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Raj Khalsa Gurdwara Youth Camp

SDI sponsored a youth camp August 5-8, 2014 at the Raj Khalsa Gurdwara in Sterling Virginia.  It was a four day camp of learning about the Guru, learning and playing Gurubani Kirtan, doing yoga and learning gatka.  The grand finale was going to the park for a game of "gatka wars" and playing kirtan as a group in
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Prayer for the Akal Takhat

Siri Singh Sahib Ji January 6, 1987 Guru Ram Das Ashram, Los Angeles, CA, USA Part of the “Awakening of the Khalsa" Series On June 6, 1984, the Akal Takhat, the seat of religious authority for Sikhs, was attacked. Many remember the tanks and bullets and thousands of lives lost, yet through the
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A Dish and a Wish

After the attacks on the Golden Temple complex, the Siri Singh Sahib established a monthly 6th-of-the-month Gurdwara to honor the sacrifices offered in dedication to the Khalsa Panth.  In a Gurdwara lecture dated March 6, 1993, he explained,"So it is a privileged day today, it's the sixth, we celebrate every sixth, the day of the Akal Takhat,
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Devotion Weekend

You are invited to join us March 3-6 for a Siri Akhand Path here at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis, MA, USA. The weekend will include: reading in the Siri Akhand Path (reading in English is an option), langar and langar seva, Gurdwaras on Friday night and Sunday morning and a day of learning on
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