The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on the occasion of death anniversary of Jathedar Teja Singh Samundri, a prominent leader of Gurdwara Reform Movement organized a Gurmat Samagam (religious congregation) in his memory at its headquarter Teja Singh Samundri Hall on Saturday.

During the function held in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the hazuri raagi groups of Bhai Gurkirat Singh and Bhai Kuldeep Singh connected the Sangat with divine Gurbani Kirtan. The ardas (prayer) was offered by Bhai Gurcharan Singh and holy hukamnama was recited by Giani Balwinder Singh, granthi of Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib.

On this occasion, SGPC senior vice-president S. Surjit Singh Bhitewad, general secretary S. Bhagwant Singh Sialka, chief secretary S. Harjinder Singh Dhami, SGPC member Bibi Kiranjot Kaur and additional secretary S. Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna shared their views on the life of Teja Singh Samundari and his Panthic devotion.

Surjit Singh Bhitewad said Teja Singh Samundari played important roles in the Panthic field and was instrumental in the establishment of the SGPC. He said that the Panthic and personal life of this great leader who was dedicated to the Sikh Panth is a stepping stone for the Sikh community.

Bhagwant Singh Sialka said that the difference between Sikh faith and others is that we remember our leaders who fought for the ‘Qaum’ community with devotion. He said that our forefathers had set up the SGPC after making sacrifices and Teja Singh Samundri was an important contributor. He said the community respects Jathedar Teja Singh for his great deeds. He urged the young generation to take inspiration from the Sikhs like Teja Singh Samundri for current challenges facing the community. He said that today some people wanted to harm the Sikh institutions and their plans needed to be identified.

SGPC chief secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami said that at the age of only 44, Teja Singh Samundri did great deeds in the Panthic field. He said Teja Singh also made significant contributions in the field of education and many heroes like him have served the Sikh community by shedding their blood and it is need of the time to guard their thinking.

Meanwhile, SGPC member Bibi Kiranjot Kaur shared her views on the relationship between Jathedar Teja Singh Samundri and Master Tara Singh.

Prominent personalities were also honoured during the function.

On this occasion SGPC member Bhai Manjit Singh, Bawa Singh Gumanpura, Mangwinder Singh Khaparkheri, Bhai Ram Singh, Gurmeet Singh Booh, Amarjit Singh Bhalaipur, Amarjit Singh Bandala, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, secretary Mahinder Singh Ahli, additional secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, assistant secretary Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, Sulukhan Singh Bhangali, Gurmeet Singh Buttar, Harjinder Singh Kaironwal, Sukhbir Singh, Nirvail Singh, manager of Sri Darbar Sahib Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal, OSD Satbir Singh Dhami and SGPC staff were present.

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