Den Haag Holland Spoor – Singh Sabha Gurdwara Holland

Den Haag Holland Spoor – Rotterdam Centraal – Capelle Schollevaar
31 December 2017


Den Haag HS – NS IC train to Rotterdam Centraal


NS IC train to Rotterdam Centraal

Singh Sabha Gurdwara Holland
31 December 2017


Gurdwara on 1st floor of community building


Young local Singhs doing inspirational kirtan


Ladies Sangat

Singh Sabha Holland
Stationsplein 20
2907 MJ Capelle aan den IJssel

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Den Haag Leeghwaterplein and Van der Kunststraat

Den Haag Leeghwaterplein
26 December 2017


HTM Avenio Tram 11 to Scheveningen Haven / Strand

Van der Kunststraat
26 December 2017


Foundations of Mandir / Mandir under construction / Gurdwara


I heard that these are the foundations for a ISKCON mandir, which might not be built


This mandir (under construction) is meant to be a Hindoestani (Surinam) place of worship, but there is/was a conflict in the community, which caused delay


Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
1e Van der Kunstraat 79-81
2521 BY Den Haag

I have no problem with a gurdwara next to Hindu mandirs, but there was quite a bit of unfortunate publicity about it, which was not sufficiently countermanded by the Gurdwara.

The local radio / tv organisation published on its site :  
Groot hindoetempelpark
Clubbing the Gurdwara together with the mandirs as Hindoe tempels

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Aninews.in – Pakistan: Supreme Court accuses Hashmi of Gurudwara property’s illegal selling

Islamabad-Islamabad Capital Territory-Pakistan, 11 February 2018. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had held Syed Asif Akhtar Hashmi, former Chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), responsible for illegal selling of Sikh gurdwaras in the country.

This important decision came on January 23, this year.

Hashmi, who sold the gurdwara-lands during his tenure as chairman of ETPB, is presently residing in Dubai.

Evacuee Trust Property Board, established in 1960, is a statutory board of the Government of Pakistan, which administers evacuee properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs attached to religious, charitable or educational trusts, left behind by Hindus and Sikhs who migrated to India after 1947 partition of India.

On observing the illegal activities of the former chairman, Mastan Singh, Chairman Sikh Council of Pakistan and former president Pakistan Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) and Gulab Singh, Inspector in Pakistan Punjab police had filed a case against Hashmi in 2011 for illegal selling of the Gurdwara property.

Hashmi had sold approximately 807 acres out of 1,260 acres land belonging to Bebe Nanki Gurdwara Dera Chahal in village Mota Singhwala.

Hashmi planned to construct private residential quarters, parking and plaza on the said land, with the collaboration of Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Highland Living Concept (HLC) and Elcium Concept.

Anticipating adverse Court’s decision, Hashmi had fled to Dubai 5-6 years back.

Pakistan Supreme Court also wrote to Lahore High Court to submit a report on the election of current Chairman of ETPB Mohamed Saddiq Ul Farooq. (ANI)

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/pakistan-sc-accuses-hashmi-of-gurudwara-propertys-illegal-selling201802111341420001/

Den Haag Transvaalkwartier – Wouwermanstraat

Den Haag Transvaalkwartier
Gurdwara Scheepersstraat
25 Decembers 2017


Singh Sabha Gurdwara


Sri Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Scheepersstraat 54
2572 AL Den Haag

Den Haag Transvaalkwartier
Morgenzonlaan
25 Decembers 2017


Mevlana

Den Haag Fruitweg en Wouwermanstraat
26 Decembers 2017


UKGR Evangelisch Centrum


Tram 11 to Scheveningen Haven & strand

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The Times of India – Four Delhi gurdwaras plan to go green

New Delhi-India, 5 February 2018. Four famous Sikh shrines in Delhi, including Rakab Ganj and Bangla Sahib gurdwaras will go green and use solar energy to meet their daily power needs from April.

The four gurdwaras, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Rakab Ganj, Nanak Piao and Majnu Ka Tila, will get rooftop solar panels with a total capacity of 1 Mega Watt (MW), said Manjit Singh GK, the president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).

“The commissioning of solar plants will be completed by March-end,” he said, adding a ceremony will be held next week to start work on the project.

A company enlisted with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has been selected through competitive bidding, for executing the project, GK said, adding a power purchase agreement has also been signed and the DSGMC is likely to save around Rs 60 lakh per year as power bill.

The solar project is a tribute to the 7th Sikh Guru Har Rai whose love for the nature and teaching for its preservation inspire the community to take care of the environment, he added.

The DSGMC president said the project will generate around 4,000 units power per day, touching approximately 1.3 million units per year.

“It will allow the gurdwaras to use peak-hour load during the day. The solar project will work on photo voltaic effects and around 3,125 solar panels will be placed on rooftops of these gurudwaras for tapping cheap and clean power,” he said.

Stating that 1 MW solar power reduces 1,300 tons of CO2 emission a year, he expressed hope that over 25 years, the project will reduce around 30,000 metric tons of CO2 emission.

Harjit Singh, who is the head of the renewable energy wing of the DSGMC, said the capacity of the project will be increased from 1 MW to 2 MW to meet growing future demands of these shrines. “Efforts will be made to bring other gurdwaras under the net of clean energy too.”

“Other green measures like biogas project, langar waste and water management, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy saving projects are also being implemented by the renewable energy wing,” he added.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/4-delhi-gurdwaras-plan-to-go-green/articleshow/62783012.cms

Sikh24.com – 388th Birthday of Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji celebrated in Pakistan

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib-Panjab-Pakistan, 5 February 2018. The 388th birth anniversary of seventh Sikh master Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji was celebrated on February 2 with full enthusiasm and devotion by the Pakistani Sikh sangat at Gurdwara Sri Mal Ji Sahib. This celebration was attended by large number of devotees from Sri Nankana Sahib and neighboring areas.

Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, religious program was organized on this eve in which several Raagi and Dhadi Jathas addressed the religious discourse.

With the support of Sikh sangat of Janam Asthan Sri Nankana Sahib, former Granthi Rawel Singh laid the foundation stone of Langar Hall building.

Gurdwara Mal ji sahib is in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan and near the local railway station but closer to this famous town associated with the founder of Sikhi, Guru Nanak. Mal (also called jal and van) is tree with a lot of shade.

It is said that once as Rai Bular was riding among the fields in this area, he saw young Guru Nanak Dev Ji sleeping in the shade of a mal tree. What struck Rai Bular was that the shade of the tree had not moved away from the sleeper as the movement and position of the sun warranted.

According to another version, the shade had moved away from the Guru but a large cobra had spread its huge hood over his face so that his sleep was not interrupted. This miracle and the incident related to Kiara Sahib convinced Rai Bular of the spiritual eminence of Guru Nanak Dev Ji whose devotee he became.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/02/05/388th-birthday-of-sri-guru-har-rai-sahib-ji-celebrated-in-pakistan/#.Wne8HudG3IU

RET Metro – Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev – Capelle aan den IJssel

Capelle aan den IJssel
Capelsebrug RET Metro
24 December 2017


Capelsebrug is served by A, B and C Metro lines

Rotterdam Metro including RandstadRail line E to Den Haag

Gurdwara Rotterdam
24 December

Divan Hall


Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak Dev
Ottergracht 6
3064 LN Rotterdam

Capelle aan den IJssel
Capelsebrug RET Metro
24 December 2017


Walking back to the metro station

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Sikh24.com – Sikh Leaders Urge Boycott of Indian Consulate Sponsored Seminar on Guru Gobind Singh

Sikh Information Centre

Boston-Massachusetts-USA, 28 January 2018. Sikh community leaders are voicing objections to an upcoming seminar about their tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, which is being organized by the Consulate General of India.

“The new strategy by the Hindutva-ruled Indian State is to systematically steal and twist the legacy of our Gurus, especially Guru Gobind Singh, to serve the purposes of a supremacist agenda,” states Balbir Singh Dhillon, President of West Sacramento Sikh Gurdwara.

“Every Sikh who values his Sikhi and cares about stewarding the true message of the Guru Granth Sahib should boycott and protest such events.”

The January 28 event at the Boston Public Library is co-sponsored by the Milan Cultural Association and the Consulate General of India (New York). Titled, “Celebrations of 350th Anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singhji,” the seminar features Dr Bal Ram Singh (University of Massachusetts), Professor Gary Goldstein (Tufts University), and Professor Alan Douglas (University of Maine).

The Boston seminar is scheduled to occur just a little over two months after the Consulate General of India (San Francisco) sponsored a similar seminar at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles.

Bhajan Singh, a community activist, attended that seminar to protest. “These seminars are being organized by the Indian State in collaboration with the Uberoi Foundation, a Hindutva front that is trying to prostitute American academia for its own ends,” says Singh.

“Bal Ram Singh, for instance, uses grant money from Uberoi to promote Vedanta, hobnob with scammers like Baba Ramdev, and organize ‘Teach India’ programs to indoctrinate American schoolteachers about how to talk about India.

He led a letter of American academics inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Butcher of Gujarat, to attend a ‘Rock Star’ reception in San Jose. He’s a Hindutva stooge.”

At the Los Angeles seminar, when the organizers attempted to honor Indian Consul General Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok by crowning him with a turban, Singh stood up to object. “I protest this activity,” declared Singh.

Speaking to Ashok, he continued, “Guru Gobind Singh is a warrior. You are a coward. You have killed so many people near New Delhi. We are suffering. You are coming here representing the government…. You are casteist. You belong to the Hindutva forces.”

Avneet Kaur, an activist affiliated with several Sikh students associations, remarks, “Every Sikh who respects their Gurus should attend these seminars solely to protest. US Gurdwaras should follow the example set by those in Canada and boycott all Sikhi-related events sponsored by the Indian State.

We should also do our part to stand up and deny the legitimacy of any Hindutva vadiwho tries to co-opt the precious legacy and teachings of our Gurus.

The event on January 28 begins at 1pm at 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

http://www.sikh24.com/2018/01/28/sikh-leaders-urge-boycott-of-indian-consulate-sponsored-seminar-on-guru-gobind-singh/#.WnAVqedG3IU

The Times of India – Haiderabad Gurdwara restored to splendour, ready for langar

Sunil Mungara

Haiderabad-Andhra Pradesh/Telangana-India, 27 January 2018. It’s a long cherished dream come true for thousands of Sikhs in Haiderabad. The magnificent Gurdwara Sahib Baram Bala will be opened on January 28. The new Gurdwara stands on the premises where Hyderabad’s first Gurudwara was constructed 185 years ago.

The old Gurudwara was damaged in a lightning episode in 1950 and since then it has been the dream of the Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to rebuild it.

Gurdwara Sahib Baram Bala is located at Sikh Chawni in Kishanbagh, a 10-minute drive from pillar No 143 of PVNR Expressway. The proposal to rebuild the Gurdwara gained momentum about three decades ago, but finally took shape now. The inauguration of the Gurudwara coincides with the 388th birthday celebrations of Guru Hari Rai Sahib.

The new Gurdwara can accommodate about 4,000 devotees. It is the largest Gurudwara in Telangana. The old Gurdwara, in fact, was also the first Gurudwara south of the Vindhya ranges. It now stands on a sprawling 1960 sq feet.

There is a spacious ‘Langar hall’ where over 3,000 devotees can partake food at a time. The holy Guru Granth Sahib would be kept on the first floor of the new Gurudwara. The main hall on the first floor can accommodate about 4,000 devotees.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/hyderabad-gurudwara-restored-to-splendour-ready-for-langar/articleshow/62667471.cms

Ilford Recorder – Two men wanted in connection with Seven Kings Sikh temple [gurdwara] break in

Police are searching for two men following a break in at a Sikh temple [gurdwara] in Seven Kings.

Aaron Walawalkar

Ilford-Greater London-UK, 25 January 2018. Two men are reported to have broken in to Gurdwara Singh Sabha, in High Road, at around 2 am this morning.

CCTV footage seen by the temple’s [gurdwara] staff reportedly shows two men breaking a window near the temple’s washing room and entering the building.

They are later seen attempting to take money from a collection box known as a “Golak” where passersby can leave donations.

It has not yet been determined if any money was stolen.

Balbir Singh, treasurer, said: “Fortunately, it seems that this time we may have gotten off lightly.”

The last time the temple was broken into was six years ago.

Police were called to the scene at approximately 5.40am. They have made no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the attack should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/two-men-wanted-in-connection-with-seven-kings-sikh-temple-break-in-1-5369576