Gent: Klein Begijnhof – Gent-Sint-Pieters to Sint-Truiden

Klein Begijnhof
26 August 2017

Onze Lieve Vrouw Presentatie kerk

Klein Begijnhof – Onze Lieve Vrouw Presentatie kerk

Gent-Sint-Pieters to Sint-Truiden
27 Augustus 20117

Escalators to Track 9 and 10

Escalators to Track 11 and 12
The 08:40 train to Sint-Truiden

Track 11: IC to Brussel – Leuven – Landen – Sint-Truiden and then on to Genk

Track 10: NMBS EMU to Zeebrugge-Strand (beach)

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Gent Gurdwara – De Krook – Oude Scheldestraat

Gent Gurdwara
20 August 2017

Naujawan Kirtan Jatha

Chaur Seva – Guru Granth Sahib

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
Kortrijksepoortstraat 49
B-9000 Gent – Oost-Vlaanderen

De Krook
24 August 2017

Art outside De Krook library

Outside De Krook
Feel free to play the piano

Oude Scheldestraat
24 August 2017

Yoga on Call (!?!?)

Yoga on call
first floor
Triratna Boeddhistisch Centrum
ground floor

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Brussel/Bruxelles: Gare Luxembourg – Evi – Gentbrugge/Ledeberg – Evi goes to Paris

Gare Luxembourg / Luxemburg station
18 July 2017

Train to Schuman, Brussel Noord/Centraal/Zuid

Evi
18 July 2017

Evi in African dress

Evi in African dress

Gentbrugge
23 July 2017

Gentbrugge – Leo Tertzweillaan
Liberale Kring

Ledeberg Mashid
25 July 2017

Langestraat – Yavuz Sultan Selim Cami

Evi goes to Paris
31 July 2017

Two rucksacks and a box

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Den Haag: Scheepersstraat Gurdwara – Kempstraat – Brouwersgracht

Scheepersstraat Gurdwara
13 Juli 2017

Gurdwara Singh Sabha

Divan Hall

Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Scheepersstraat 54
Den Haag

Kempstraat
13 Juli 2017

Morgenzonstraat
Mevlana = Rumi

Once a church

Now a restaurant

Brouwersgracht
14 Juli 2017

Brouwersgracht
Tram 6 to Leidschendam Noord

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Den Haag: Bierkade – Wagenstraat

Bierkade
13 Juli 2017

Bierkade

Bierkade – Avenue Culinaire

Wagenstraat
13 Juli 2017

Wagenstraat – Chinese Quarter

Mikva – Jewish Bathhouse

Former Synagogue, now Masjid (Moskee, Mosque)

Former Synagogue, now Masjid (Moskee, Mosque)

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Den Haag: Public Transport Museum – Stationsweg – Bierkade

Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum
Parallelweg 224
2525 NL Den Haag
13 July 2017

PCC Car

PCC Cars

Den Haag HS
Stationsplein
13 Juli 2017

New tracks for Tram 11 and 12

Stationsweg / Bierkade
13 Juli 2017

Stationsweg
Moskee El Mouhsinin

Bierkade

Bierkade

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Den Haag: Wouwermansstraat and Mijtenstraat

Wouwermansstraat
11 July 2017

Tracks to/from Vrederust

Tram 11 to Leeghwaterplein

Tram 11 to Leeghwaterplein

Stichting Sanatan Dharm Mahila Samaj
Mijtensstraat
13 July 2017

Hindu Mandir

Shri Ram Mandir

The Mandir’s garden

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Walking from Gentbrugge to Gurdwara : Muinkbrug – Kanunnikstraat – Kortrijksepoortstraat

Walking from Gentbrugge to Gurdwara
25 June 2017

Muinkbrug
Bridge across the Muinkschelde

Kannunikstraat
From Kattenberg to Kortrijksepoortstraat

Kannunikstraat
Near Kortrijksepoortstraat

Kannunikstraat
Near Kortrijksepoortstraat

Kortrijksepoortstraat / Veergrep
Tram 1 to Sint-Pieters and Flanders Expo

Kortrijksepoortstraat
Kerk van de Zevende dags adventisten
Church of the Seventh day Adventists

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The Star – Soaking in Sikh culture during heritage tour

George Town, 9 July 2017. A site excursion to the century-old Wadda Gurdwara Sahib in Jalan Gurdwara proved to be a valuable experience for 30 visitors during the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2017.

They got to witness first-hand how a Sikh wedding ceremony was carried out during the tour yesterday.

Event guide Gursimran Kaur also explained the difference between the term Punjabi, Bengali and Sikh.

“Sikh is the religion and belief while Punjabi are people from Punjab. We are often mistaken as Bengali because when our ancestors boarded the ship here, it went from Punjab to Bengal first. When they arrived in Malaysia, they were thought as from Bengal,” she said.

The visitors also checked out the prayer hall, religious classrooms and canteen [langar] before observing the wedding ceremony of Keshminder Singh, 28, and his bride Lathginia Kaur, 25. The couple said they were happy to share the occasion with the visitors.

Gursimran said all Punjabi [Sikh] men have ‘Singh’ in their names, which means lion, while the ‘Kaur’ in every woman’s name means princess.

Architecture student Kishore Palani, from India, said the tour was an eye-opener as it differed from his culture in India.

Another group of people took part in the site excursion at the Acheen Street Mosque in Jalan Lebuh Acheh.

The mosque was built in 1808 by a wealthy Arabian trader Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid of the Achenese royalty.

Mohd Noorhisham Mohd Abdul Kadir, who inherited his grandfather’s house next to the mosque, led the two-hour tour.

Turkish couple Mehmet Arikan and his girlfriend Ceyda Ceren Zaybak, both 20, said the dressing and social practices here were a good learning experience for them.

The George Town Heritage Celebrations, themed as ‘Oral Traditions and Expressions” this year, was held to commemorate the inscription of Melaka and George Town as a World Heritage Site by the Unesco on July 7, 2008.

Today, the tour will be held at the Kong Hock Keong (Goddess of Mercy Temple) at 2.30pm and Sri Mahamariamman Temple at 5pm.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/09/soaking-in-sikh-culture-during-heritage-tour/

Dawn – How a Hindu temple was renovated by a Muslim and a Sufi shrine revamped by a Sikh in Pakistan

 

Haroon Khalid

Lahore, 5 July 2017. The long turret of a temple rises unexpectedly amid tall minarets and round green domes in a busy area.

It stands like a reminder of an unwanted past, a memory we would like to bury deep within our communal subconscious, afraid it might challenge how we want to see ourselves.

The top of the turret carries a scar of battle that has been fought several times, between two groups locked in perpetual conflict.

The latest round of this battle roared its ugly head on a cold December morning in 1992, when passionate supporters of Jamaat-i-Islami and others not attached to any political party surrounded this temple, determined to bring it down to avenge the demolition of the Babri Masjid about 1,000 kilometres from here in a country they fought tooth and nail to separate from, but one that continues to be an obsession.

The temple, however, stood its ground. It was not willing to concede the space it had occupied for several centuries. It was not ready to hear that it did not belong in this new country.

It eventually won the battle, the mob lost interest and left, while the residents of the area who had evacuated the temple upon the mob’s arrival returned to their homes.

Brick by brick

Bheru da Sthan or the abode of Bheru is one of the oldest standing temples in Lahore, an ancient city believed to have been founded by Lav, one of the twin sons of Ram and Sita.

The temple was built on the spot to which Godar, Prince Dara Shikoh’s treasurer, was brought after being rescued from the dungeons where he had been kept after he was caught deceiving the prince.

Godar was visited in the dungeons by a man who later identified himself as Bheru. The man asked him to shut his eyes and brought him here. A free Godar started living in Shah Alami area in Lahore and constructed a small temple here at the spot he had last seen Bheru.

The temple was given its contemporary shape (including a vast complex and several rooms) during Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s rule over the Sikh Empire in the 19th century. The Maharaja’s Muslim concubine, Mora, gave Rs 1,400 for the temple’s construction.

When Mora’s mother had taken seriously ill, all the hakims and healers failed to cure her. She was then informed of a man who lived in this temple, a descendant of Godara and a magician, who exorcised the djinns from Mora’s mother.

As a reward, Mora summoned bricks from all the 100 villages that had been granted to her by the Maharaja for the construction of this temple and donated money.

The mob in a frenzy to bring this temple down may not have known that it was constructed thanks to the generosity of a Muslim.

Even if they were made aware of it, the story would have been rejected as an anomaly because it would not have fit the framework that they use to understand history.

In this framework, Muslims can only destroy Hindu temples and Hindus do the same to Muslim shrines.

Rise to fame

Just outside the walled city of Lahore is one of the most important Sufi shrines of the city, Data Darbar, dedicated to the city’s patron saint Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh. This shrine lends Lahore its monker of Data ki nagri, or Data’s city.

About 1,000 years old, the shrine has witnessed the evolution of the city, the arrival of the first Muslims, the construction of the walled city under Malik Ayaz, the governor appointed after the Mahmud of Ghazni’s invasion and its transformation from a small town to a grand urban centre under Mughal emperor Akbar.

The shrine stood its ground through the rise of the Khalsa Empire, the emergence of the colonial bureaucratic state and the transformation of the city from a multi-religious metropolitan to a Muslim-dominated city that saw the exodus of Hindus and Sikhs during Partition and the erosion of their religious symbols.

In post-Partition Lahore, it emerged as the most important shrine in the city. In the new state, with increased symbolic significance came political patronage. From Z A Bhutto to General Zia, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, all made multiple visits to the shrine and contributed to its extension.

A vast courtyard was constructed around a small shrine, including a basement for qawwali, a madrassah and a library. The tall minarets of the mosque behind the shrine are a part of Lahore’s iconic skyline that includes Badshahi Masjid, Lahore Fort, Minar-i-Pakistan and the smadh of Ranjit Singh.

Data Darbar did not always enjoy this social and political significance. For much of its long history, it was only a modest structure even as state patronage was extended to other Sufi shrines of the city, including that of Mian Meer, believed to be the patron saint of Dara Shikoh.

Once again defying popular perceptions, it was during the tenure of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that shrine began to grow. A library was built here, the first of its kind, with a vast collection of handwritten copies of the Quran.

The religious texts were donated by Maharani Jind Kaur, Ranjit Siingh’s youngest wife who, after his death, briefly served as her young son Maharaja Duleep Singh’s Regent.

This rare collection of handwritten Qurans brought many admirers to the shrine, gradually increasing its significance.

Today as thousands of devotees pay homage to the patron saint of Lahore every day, it is conveniently forgotten that a Sikh Maharani played a crucial role in the development of this shrine, just as the fact about a Muslim concubine of the Maharaja renovating a Hindu temple has faded from memory.

This article was originally published on Scroll and has been reproduced with permission.

Haroon Khalid has an academic background in Anthropology from LUMS. He has been traveling extensively around Pakistan, documenting historical and cultural heritage. He is the author of Walking with Nanak, In Search of Shiva: A study of folk religious practices in Pakistan, and A White Trail: A journey into the heart of Pakistan’s religious minorities.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1343384/how-a-hindu-temple-was-renovated-by-a-muslim-and-a-sufi-shrine-revamped-by-a-sikh-in-pakistan