Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra

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Guru Maneyo Granth Jagriti Yatra (journey of awakening or enlightenment) of Shri Guru Granth Sahib started on 15th November 2007 from Takht Sachkhand Shri Hazoor Sahib.

15th November 2007 marks the beginning of the historical Jagriti Yatra. It will lovingly showcase the shastars of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj and Sri Shaheed Singh along with puratan hast-likhit Sri Guru Granth Sahibji Maharaj. The yatra will reach several places in India and the world. True to its name, the Jagriti Yatra will create an awakening, imparting the message of One God and welfare of the entire mankind, irrespective of religion, caste or creed.

Since then the Yatra has been viewed by crowds in more than 100 cities throughout India — Orissa, West Bengal, Uttar Pardesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pardesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pardesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab. Huge turnouts along the roadways have sometimes slowed the pocession causing scheduled arrival times to be delayed, but even the addition of pouring rains have not stemmed the crowds enthusiasm.

The Yatra is currently making rounds of the cities and Gurdwaras of Jammu & Kashmir. Plans are for for a return to Amritsar on the 13th, in time for the celebrations planned to commemorate the 300 year anniversary of the installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the parlokgaman (heavenly journey) of Guru Gobind Singh.

One Word About Nanded

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Before placing 300 Saal Guru de Naal - the sacred Tercentenary Celebrations at Nanded, Maharashtra into its real perspective, we may need to say a word about Nanded itself. For, destiny brought the Tenth Sikh lord, guru Gobind Singhji, to spend not more than a month of his worldly journey here. Even during that short period of time, the Guru, as a volcano of creativity, so fine tuned the Khalsa in his last few days that it became the first & only corporate religion of the world, & complete in all aspects.

The great events that mark his last days are: One, exalting Sri Guru Granth Sahib, to the status of the Word Guru that places each Sikh into immanent protection of the Guru himself, making him deathless in defense of truth & justice, & two, putting an end to his own worldly journey, yes of his own volition.

This explains why the exalting of Sri Guru granth Sahib is called as “GURTA GADDI” in the Sikh tradition & the 2nd event is called “Parlokgaman” or heavenly journey of the Guru. These two events took place on October 5 & October 7-8, 1708, respectively.

Additionally, it was from Nanded that Gurujisent Banda Singh Bahadur as the first Jathedar of the Sikh Panth to Punjab to fight the Moghuls. It is he who shook the Moghul empire to its very foundations.

Another great importance of Nanded is that the sacred Godavari alias the Ganga of the South flows through this town & hence it was a great centre of spiritual quest even in earlier times.

For Sikhs,300 Saal Guru de Naal - the Tercentenary Celebrations of these 2 great events in 2008, will mean rededicating themselves to the Guru.

The Tercentenary Celebrations – 300 Saal Guru de Naal

The Sikhs have, in life and history, done everything they do in style. These tercentenary celebrations are no exception. These shall, therefore, reflect the same spirit & scale. Of the 20 million Sikhs all the world over, at least 2.5 million are expected to pay their homage to the sacred memory of Guru Gobind Singhji or the Tenth Nanak, on this occasion.

What it means is that one in every eight Sikhs shall visit Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded during these festivities. It will mean that an important new tourist attraction in India shall emerge on the tourism map of the world. It will no longer remain a small & sleepy place that it has so far remained.

Several projects of great proportions are therefore being undertaken to make these celebrations a signal success in keeping with the noble Sikh traditions. Not just that, it shall hopefully change the very face of this town. But mind you, it shall not just be a brick-and-mortar affair. That Nanded should pulsate with a new life ever afterwards is the endeavor underlying these celebrations. And besides it has to be a planned & coordinated effort to harmonize the spirit of Sikhism.

Obviously, it shall entail huge expenditure. While the Central & State governments are expected to contribute their mite, it shall mainly devolve upon the Takhat Sri Hazur Sahib Management to galvanize the world Sikhism to make maximum contributions to it, both in cash & kind, so as to live up to their high traditions. It will be like recreating another Amritsar or another Anandpur Sahib.

Let it also be recorded that Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib is one of the five takhats or centres of religious & spiritual power of the Sikh Panth. Of these 5 Takhats, 4 are related to the life & work of the Tenth Guru alone. It is therefore natural that Nanded should find a pride of place among them, for obvious reasons. Our total endeavor will be that it will really be so.

Jagriti Yatra Begins

At Ludhiana

On November 15TH 2007, began a unique yatra – Jagriti Yatra. Whilst spreading the teachings of the venerated Sikh Gurus, for the first time ever in history, the weapons of Sri Gobind Singhji will be showcased for ‘darshan’. The Jagriti Yatra will also carry ‘Teesri Shatabdi Samarpan Pustika’ a book that will compile ‘the worded faith’ of millions of devotees. Thereby immortalizing in ink, their feelings for the beloved guru.

The Yatra, in year’s span, will reach several places in India & the world. True to its name, the Jagriti Yatra will create an awakening imparting the message of One God and the welfare of the entire mankind, irrespective of religion, caste or creed.

Schedule

Presently in Gujrat

Baroda 	06-Jul-2008 
Rajkot 	05-Jul-2008 
Gandhidham 	04-Jul-2008 
Mahesana 	03-Jul-2008 
Ahmedabad 	01-Jul-2008 

Rajasthan

Udaipur 	29-Jun-2008 
Bhilwara 	28-Jun-2008 
Jodhpur 	27-Jun-2008 
Beawar 	26-Jun-2008 
Ajmer  	25-Jun-2008 
Jaipur 	22-Jun-2008 
Bundi  	21-Jun-2008 
Kota   	19-Jun-2008 
Guna   	18-Jun-2008 
Sheopur 	17-Jun-2008 
Shivpuri 	16-Jun-2008 
Jhansi 	15-Jun-2008 
Gwalior 	13-Jun-2008 
Agra   	11-Jun-2008 
Bharatpur 	09-Jun-2008 
Alwar  	07-Jun-2008 
Mathura 	06-Jun-2008 
Etah   	05-Jun-2008 
Aligarh 	04-Jun-2008 

Haryana & Delhi

Faridabad 	02-Jun-2008 
Gurgaon 	01-Jun-2008 
Rajouri Garden 31-May-2008 
Greater Kailash - 30-May-2008 
Noida  	29-May-2008 
Ghaziabad 	27-May-2008 
Delhi  	22-May-2008
Sonepat 	21-May-2008 
Jind   	20-May-2008 
Hissar 	19-May-2008 
Fatehabad 	17-May-2008 
Sirsa  	15-May-2008 
Hanumangarh 	13-May-2008 
Suratgarh 	12-May-2008 
Budha Johar 	11-May-2008 
Karanpur 	10-May-2008 
Sri Ganganagar 	08-May-2008 

Punjab

Abohar 	07-May-2008 
Fazilka 	06-May-2008 
Mukhtasar 	05-May-2008 
Malaut 	04-May-2008 
Bhatinda 	02-May-2008 
Takhat Sri Dum Dumasahib, Talwandi Sabo 	01-May-2008 
Maansa 	30-Apr-2008 
Rampuraphul 	29-Apr-2008 
Jaito 	28-Apr-2008 
Faridkot 	27-Apr-2008 
Ferozpur 	25-Apr-2008 
Moga 	23-Apr-2008 
Zeera 	22-Apr-2008 
Harike 	21-Apr-2008 
Khumkaran 	20-Apr-2008 
Patti 	19-Apr-2008 
Khadoor Sahib 	18-Apr-2008 
Taran Taaran 	17-Apr-2008 
Jhabal 	16-Apr-2008 
Amritsar 	13-Apr-2008 
Baba Bakala 	12-Apr-2008
Batala 	11-Apr-2008 
Dera Baba Nanak 	10-Apr-2008 
Gurdaspur 	08-Apr-2008 
Kathua 	07-Apr-2008 
Jammu 	04-Apr-2008 
Pathankot 	03-Apr-2008 
Mukerian 	02-Apr-2008 
Hoshiarpur 	31-Mar-2008 
Jalandhar 	29-Mar-2008 
Kapurthala 	28-Mar-2008 
Sultanpur Lodhi 	27-Mar-2008 
Phillaur 	26-Mar-2008 
Phagwara 	25-Mar-2008 
Nawan Shahr 	24-Mar-2008 
Una Sahib 	23-Mar-2008 
Anandpur Sahib 	21-Mar-2008 
Roop Nagar 	20-Mar-2008 
Khanna 	19-Mar-2008 
Ludhiana 	16-Mar-2008 
Jagraon 	15-Mar-2008 
Raikot 	14-Mar-2008 
Barnala 	12-Mar-2008 
Sangrur 	10-Mar-2008 
Nabha  	09-Mar-2008 
Patiala 	07-Mar-2008 
Rajpura 	06-Mar-2008 
Fatehgarh Sahib 	04-Mar-2008 
Mohali 	03-Mar-2008 
Chandigarh 	01-Mar-2008 

Himanchal Pardesh

Bilaspur 	29-Feb-2008 
Mandi  	28-Feb-2008
Shimla 	27-Feb-2008 
Solan  	26-Feb-2008 

Haryana

Ambala 	24-Feb-2008 
Kurukshetra 	22-Feb-2008 
Kaithal 	20-Feb-2008 
Karnal 	18-Feb-2008 
Panipat 	16-Feb-2008 
Saharanpur 	15-Feb-2008 
Yamunanagar 	13-Feb-2008 
Paonta Sahib / Sirmour 	12-Feb-2008 
Dehradun 	11-Feb-2008 
Doiwala 	10-Feb-2008 

Uttar Pardesh

Haridwar 	09-Feb-2008 
Muzaffarpur 	08-Feb-2008 
Bijnor 	07-Feb-2008 
Meerut 	05-Feb-2008 
Rampur 	04-Feb-2008 
Rudrapur 	02-Feb-2008 
Nanak Mata Sahib 	01-Feb-2008 
Pilibhit 	30-Jan-2008 
Bareilly 	28-Jan-2008 
Shahjahanpur 	27-Jan-2008 
Kheri  	25-Jan-2008 
Sitapur 	24-Jan-2008 
Lucknow 	23-Jan-2008 
Kanpur 	21-Jan-2008 
Bareilly 	20-Jan-2008 
Allahabad 	19-Jan-2008 
Varanasi 	18-Jan-2008 
Faizabad 	17-Jan-2008 
Gorakhpur 	16-Jan-2008

Bihar & Jharkhand

Patna  	13-Jan-2008 
Kodarmah 	12-Jan-2008 
Hazaribaug 	11-Jan-2008 
Ramgarh 	10-Jan-2008 
Chass  	09-Jan-2008 
Dhanbad 	08-Jan-2008 
Asansol 	07-Jan-2008 

Jharkhand, West bengal & Orissa

Durgapur 	06-Jan-2008 
Kolkatta 	03-Jan-2008 
Kharagpur 	02-Jan-2008 
Tatanagar 	30-Dec-2007 
Ranchi 	28-Dec-2007 
Rourkela 	26-Dec-2007 
Talcher 	25-Dec-2007 
Bhubaneshwar 	24-Dec-2007 
Sambalpur 	23-Dec-2007 
Raigarh 	22-Dec-2007 
Korba  	21-Dec-2007 

Madhya Pardesh

Bilaspur 	20-Dec-2007 
Raipur 	18-Dec-2007 
Bhillai 	17-Dec-2007 
Durg   	16-Dec-2007 
Raj Nandgaon 	15-Dec-2007 
Dongargarh 	14-Dec-2007 
Gondia 	13-Dec-2007 
Nagpur 	11-Dec-2007 
Jabalpur 	09-Dec-2007 
Sagar  	08-Dec-2007 
Bhopal 	06-Dec-2007 
Ujjain 	05-Dec-2007 
Ratlam 	04-Dec-2007
Indore 	02-Dec-2007 
Barwah 	01-Dec-2007 

Maharashtra

Burhanpur 	30-Nov-2007 
Dhulia 	29-Nov-2007 
Nasik   	28-Nov-2007 
Ulhasnagar 	27-Nov-2007 
Mumbai 	23-Nov-2007 
New Bombay 	21-Nov-2007 
Pune   	19-Nov-2007 
Ahmednagar 	18-Nov-2007 
Aurangabad 	16-Nov-2007 
Nanded 	15-Nov-2007

Unprecedented Response

In a recent interview with the Tribune, Dr. P.S. Pasricha, former DGP of Maharashtra amd president of Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded explained,

“For the first time in Sikh history, the weapons of Guru Gobind Singh and other Sikh martyrs have come out of the sanctum sanctorum of Hazur Sahib. These weapons are being taken for darshan in a specially designed rath along with a hand written bir of Guru Granth Sahib. The yatra is aimed at spreading the message—of the equality of mankind and secularism. The Yatra has received an unprecedented response. It is planned for the yatra to go abroad as well."
"As it is attracting people from all faiths, it is achieving the task of national integration.” he added.

Parikrama to Accomodate 40,000 at the Same Time

At Hoshiarpur

More than 4 millions devotees, from around the globe, are expected to visit Nanded during October, 2008, for the two Tercentenaries:

  • Gurta Gaddi on October 30
  • Parlokgaman on November 3

Extensive plans, therefore, are under way for the redevelopment and beautification of the Gurdwara complex in Nanded. The entire complex is being redesigned to accommodate at least 40,000 devotees in the Parikrama at one time. To accomplish this, approximately, 300 families living around the Gurdwara, have had to be relocated.

Besides the Sachkhand Gurdwara complex redevelopment, the Gurdwara Board has also taken up the construction of Guru Granth Sahib Bhavan that can accommodate more than 4,000 devotees. Regular religious congregations, shabad kirtans, kathas, etc, will be held there.

A Museum of Sikh History is being built amid an 8 acre garden. An amphitheatre will also be constructed, where stae of the art electronic techniques (fountains that dance to the music while laser projections use the wall of water as a screen to enhance the teaching of the Gurus' philosophy.

This will be the first of its kind project not only in India but also in the entire sub-continent. Construction of new yatri bhavans are underway, promising a comfortable stay for devotees during their Yatra to Nanded.

Handwritten Sikh relics to be displayed in Jagriti Yatra

Guru's Weapons

In 1708, the sacred scripture of Sikhs Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was empowered with the status of Guru by the last Sikh Guru Sri Guru Gobind Singh. The year 2008 marks the 300th year of its completion.

To mark this graceful occasion, the handwritten Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and other relics, along with medieval weapons (sastars) used by Guru Gobind Singh to fight against the oppressors in our country will be displayed in the Jagriti Yatra, to be held in the city on January 3.

The yatra will be completed in three phases distributed over a span of about six months.

The Yatra, which has started from Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded, Maharashtra where the weapons and the relics are preserved, will reach Kolkata on January 3. The yatra has already covered Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand. From West Bengal, it is scheduled to reach Bihar on January 13 putting an end to the first phase.

The second phase is slated to begin on January 16 from Bihar. It will then proceed to Amritsar. At a press meet to mark the anointment ceremony of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Sardar Saran Singh, Editor, Sikh Review, said, “Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is our spiritual leader, guide and philosopher.”


Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra is reaching Jamshedpur via Rachi from Nanded, Maharastra on 30th December 2007 in form of tourage of 4 decorated vehicles. It is going reach Jamshedpur via pardih NH33 highway. This yatra is going to be in Jamsedpur for 3 days and then move to West Bangal on January 2 via Ghatshila.

During this period, the Jagriti Yatra rath will be taken to various locations in Jamshedpur for paying the due respect by sikh community. This information was shared by Mr. Shailender Singh, Head, Central Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee. He also added that the route for Jagriti Yatra has been decided and it will be followed strictly. According to Mr. Singh Jagriti Yatra will reach Paridih from Ranchi at 11:45 a.m. and will have little stay at Jawahar Singh Factory and Dashmesh Bagh Gurudwara and reach Sant Kutia Gurudwara, Mango by 1 p.m.

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A Guru Ka Langar will be served one and all on this occasion at Gurudwara Sant Kutia and at 2 p.m., the yatra will cross Mango Bridge and proceed further in form of Nagar Kirtan to Gurudwara Sakchi by 4 p.m. After reaching Sakchi Gurudwara, Kirtan darbar will be organised by Vir Khalsa Dal at 7 p.m. and Sangat will be allowed to have a look of Shastra and old testament of Guru Granth Saheb at Gurudwara premise. The yatra will have a break at night in Gurudwara premise.

On 31st December, a newly erected Gurdwara building will be inaugurated and Prakash of Hand Written Guru Granth Saheb will be performed and a kirtan durbar will be held. A Guru Ka Langar will be served one and all on this occasion at Gurudwara Sakchi during this period. After this, the Jagriti Yatra will proceed to Jemco, Azadbasti gurudwara, Manifit Gurudwara, Namda Basti Gurudwara via Kalimati Road and it will be respectfully received by Sikh community at respective places.

After this, the Jagriti Yatra will proceed to Station road Gurudwara after touching burmamines gurudwara, where sikh community and gurudwara committee from Kitadih, Bagbera, Sundarnagar and Parsudih will receive it with full gaitey and respect. After spending sometime there, the Jagriti Yatra will go to Gurdwara Jugsalai and then proceed to Gurudwara Bistupur at 3:00 p.m. It will reach Sonari Gurudwara by 4 p.m.

After finishing the procession at Sonari Gurudwara, the Jagriti Yatra, will proceed to Sakchi Gurudwara and will be there till 2 a.m. to be in Kirtan Darbar organised by Vir Khalsa Dal. During this period, Sangat will have the opportunity to have darshan of Shastra and Guru Granth Saheb.

Again, on the eve of new year on 1st January 2008, the Jagriti Yatra will proceed to Tualadugri Gurudwara and then lead to golmuri chowk via Kalimati road. The Sikh community and other respected organisation will honour the the Jagriti Yatra. After this the Jagriti Yatra proceeds to Telco Gurudwara. After this, the Jagriti Yatra will proceed to Tinplate Gurudwara and then proceed to Sitaramdera Gurudwara and take a break at Mango Gurudwara. The Jagriti Yatra will stay at Gurudwara Mango and the display of Shastras and Guru Granth will be done along with Kirtan darbar.

On 2nd January 2008, the Jagriti Yatra will proceed from Mango Gurudwara to Ghatshila Gurudwara and then proceed to Kharagpur and land at Kolkata on 3rd December 2008.

Rodrigues welcomes Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra

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Joining the Sikh Sangat in welcoming Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra to the city to celebrate 300th Year of Guruta Gaddi Diwas, Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator S F Rodrigues today called upon the people to follow the doctrine and tenets of humanism, secularism and oneness of God, enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. In a message, to mark this occasion, Gen(retd) Rodrigues said, Sri Guru Granth Sahib is one of our holiest scriptures, with sacred Vani of great gurus, saints and bhaktas from different faiths, sects and regions, giving a universal message of brotherhood, goodwill, mutual trust, peace and harmony. The teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib synthesize the spiritual and religious spirit of all religions and the values and ethos of our glorious past. It is saddening to observe that despite the message of social equality, harmonious living and the need to rise above prejudices of caste and creed preached and practised by our gurus and sages, our society is still be-set with the evils of discrimination and divisions of caste and status. It is time to search our conscience and work for creating a healthy environment, in which every human being can live with pride and dignity. Gen (retd) Rodrigues appealed to the people to celebrate the historic occasion of the 300th year of the Guruship of Guru Granth Sahib collectively, rising above petty considerations of caste, creed and religion, thus promoting emotional integration and strengthening the social fabric of our society.

Earlier Headlines/Schedule, Jagriti Yatra at Punjab

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All is set for the entry of the Guru Manyo Granth Jagriti Yatra in Punjab on 1st March. It would be received into Punjab by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Chandigarh tomorrow morning and would cover Punjab towns over eight weeks.

yatra would move from Mohali to Fatehgarh Sahib. From here, it would move towards Rajpura, Patiala, Nabha, Sangrur, Barnala, Rajkot, Jagraon and reach Ludhian on March 16. It would move on to Malerkotla on March 18, then to Khanna, Ropar. It would head for Anandpur Sahib to coincide its entry with the Hola Mahalla celebrations. On March 23 the yatra would move to Una Sahib, Nawanshahr, Phagwara, Phillaur, Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Mukerian, Pathankot, Jammu, Kathua, Gurdaspur and reach Dera Baba Nanak on April 30. It would go to Batala, Baba Bakala and finally reach Amritsar on April 13 on the occasion of the Baisakhi celebrations.

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Jagriti Yatra at Chandigarh

Jagriti Yatra at Jammu & Kashmir

Jagriti Yatra in UP

Jagriti Yatra in Jharkhand

Jagriti Yatra at M.P

Jagriti Yatra at Chattisgarh

Some news updates about the journey are listed below:

Jagriti Yatra to enter Punjab today

Jagriti Yatra at New Delhi

See also

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