Nitnem Bani`s & Other Bani's translated into Orrisa`s official language Oriya (Odia)
Khalsa International Welfare Society UK and Canada have sponsored Sadhana Patri, an academic Translator who has been inspired by sikhi, to translate 14 Banis in Oriya language of Orissa state in India. We are proud to announce the project completed the printing stage. The 2 part Sundar Gutkas costs £8 to produce. Our target is to distribute 1 Lakh (100 Thousands) set of Gutka Sahibs free all over Odissa state (all Schools, Collages, Universities, Libraries and all interested parties. Guru Nanak Dev Ji recited ‘Aarti’ in Odissa for the first time.
We have invested substantial finance and need further help from the Saad Sangat. How many Gutka Sahibs can you sponsor to help achieve Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s mission.
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Orrisa native born Sadna Padhy was inspired by gurbani to start a project to translate the Nitnem Bani`s into Oriya (Odia) Language.
Sadha aprx 50 from a devout Hindu family was born and married into a Hindu family with one daughter.
Sadhna`s Mission to acquire support for translation of Nitnem Bani`s, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji & History of Sikh`s (book)
1. Approached Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji at Darbar Sahib on 30/04/2011
He responded with great praise.
2. Shromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee Amritsar Secretary Bhai Satbir Singh and Asst Secretary Kashmir Singh and many others were present in the meeting. http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/amritsar/academician-seeks-help-from-sgpc/24946.html
3. Darbar Sahib`s Amritsar Head Granthi Bhai Gurmukh Singh Khalsa currently Jathedar of Damdama Sahib (Sabo Ki Talwandi) looked into the project approving her sewa.
4. Delhi Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee at Rakab Ganj was given an application for the projects support on the 03/01/2015.
5.A millionaire of Delhi Harbhajan Singh also commended her project.
6. Orissa state's major Gurdwara`s were approached who all appreciated the great work being done on this project.
7. Gurudwara Singh Sabha Bhoov Nagar in the Capital of Orrisa was granted a meeting with the Management.
8. December 2015 Sadhna was seen on television by Harbhajan Singh from Liecester. Sadhna was sharing her story and journey of how she had faired along the way.
KIWS had a stall at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib on East Park Road. Here Harbhajan Singh from Liecester made Balbinder Singh Nanuwan aware of Sadhna`s plight and appealed on Sadhna`s behalf to support the project. With waheguru Ji`s blessing Sadhna`s luck changed. Sadhna never lost faith in waheguru as she felt someone somewhere will step forward to support her life`s mission and project.
KIWS appreciated and praised Sadhna`s work and decided to whole heartedly support this project as it is our mission to propagate Sikh history and Gurbani to the whole of humanity as per Guru Nanak Dev Ji`s mission.
Subsequently a meeting with Sadhna Patri revealed the full details of her journey and her life`s work so far.
Sadhna was visiting a local Gurdwara where a sangat member gave Sadhna CD`s of Nitnem and Sukhmani Sahib. upon listening these bani`s Sadhna felt that great burden had been lifted and got good feelings and became attached to Bani`s. Sadhna then learnt to read, write and speak panjabi (Gurmukhi). Since completing hereducation Sadhna travels the Orissa stat reciting Gurbani Kirtan on stages and propagating the Sikh religion to the peoples of Orissa. Sadhna visited Amritsar Sahib with the sole purpose of acquiring Gurbani research resources by Bhai Sahib Singh Ji, Bhai Veer Singh Ji and many others. There began her life mission to share her wealth of knowledge and Sikh wisdom and spirituality with the peoples of Orrisa and Oriya (Odia) speaking nation.
Details of her project are as follows:-
7 Bani`s of Nitnem
Asa Di war
Ad Sundar Gutka (all banis and tav Prasad Savaiyia)
Over 500 Ang`s of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Translated into Oriya language and meaning.
300 Ang`s of Suraj Parkash has also been translated into Oriya language and meaning.
Sikh History Book in Oriya (Odia) Language
Sadhna was made aware of Khalsa International Welfare Society and the seva it provided in India & Pakistan.
KIWS agreed to support the Panth`s noble project even though many had failed to have vision and commitment for this project. Terms and conditions were agreed to progress this project. I.E. All Gurbani`s will be verified by Senior Sikh scholars and also Oriya (Odia) Language specialist.
KIWS is committed to print and distribute to over
100,000 famlies within the next 5 years and continue in future.
Back Ground Information that gives credence to this project
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Puri Beach, Orrisa
Five hundred years ago, two great luminaries appeared on the horizon of India, one on the east and the other in the west. They were Chaitanya and Nanak. Nanak was the founder of the Sikh religion. In 1506 Nanak visited seven countries in India. He lived for 71 years and within his life time he is believed to have spent 25 years in travelling all over India from Himalaya to the Cape Comorein. He also visited Macca and Madina, Turkey and China. It has been estimated that he had walked about 50,000 miles on his foot with wooden sandals. He also converted Raja Seonath, the king of Cylon to his own religion. Before proceeding towards cylon he visited Orissa.
Tradition says that after walking a long distance, he rested on the bank of river Mahanadi at 'Kaliaboda'. Many people went to Nanak to pay their homage. This made Chaitanya Bharati envious who beat Nanak with a twig of Sahada tree. But at the very sight of Nanak the twig automatically dropped out of his hand and he implored his mercy. Nanak took the Sahada twig for brushing his teeth and planted the same on the spot. In course of time it grew into a beautiful tree which stood there for years. This is a sacred place of the Sikhs.
As Nanak brushed his teeth here (danta) it is called 'Danton Saheeb'. But this legend has no historical basis. As regards the name 'Kaliaboda' it can be stated that one Kalia Pandit took the care of the place and so it has been named as 'Kaliaboda'. Again it can be stated in different connection. Kaliabedi was the father of Nanak and he was a Hindu. It was therefore possible that in order to show respect to the father of Nanak the place might have been named as such. There is no evidence to corroborate the above presumption. It is a subject for future research. Kaliaboda, nevertheless is an important place of piligrimage for the Sikhs. There is also clear evidence in Bhadrak District that Nanak came to Orissa. In Bhadrak there is a village called 'Sangat' which means mass prayer of Sikhs and Langar means community dining. In this village Nanak stayed and held mass prayer. There is a recorded plot here called 'Nanak Diha'. Most probably Nanak stayed in this village and held his mass prayer. It will be relevant to mention here that in Sangat village poet Bansi Ballabh Goswami was born in the 18th century and composed poetry and drama in Oriya, Bengali, Hindi and Persian. In some of his poems he has given some indications regarding the village Sangat, Nanak and Mahadev and Deity of the village. In 1930, Raj Ballabh Mohantyin his 'Bhadra Kali Janana' composed in Oriya has referred to village 'Sangat' and 'Nanak'. Besides that a few manuscripts containing some verses from the famous Japji of Guru Nanak were also discovered at Sangat in Bhadrak.
Legend shows that Nanak arrived at Puri with his disciple 'Mardana'. Nanak reached Puri beach in the evening near the present Swargadwar. He sat down in meditation. Mardana was hungry but as he was a Muslim he was not allowed to enter into the Jagannath temple for the Mahaprasad. So the disciple of Nanak blamed Nanak for selecting such a place where they had to face starvation. Suddenly at that time somebody appeared and offered food and drink carrying in utensils of gold. In the early hours of morning however there was a commotion in Jagannath temple that the gold utensils of the Lord were missing. The news was given to Raja. Nanak appeared to Raja in his dream that night. So when Raja knew regarding the occurence of theft, he gave a broad smile and marched towards sea-beach in a procession to welcome the saint. Raja found that the saint was in meditation and the gold utensils were lying close by. Then the king and his party gave a hearty reception to the saint who had come to Puri to pay his homage to the Lord Jagannath. Nanak was invited to pay his visit to the temple at the time of Arati in the evening. During the day as water was required he advised the disciples to dig a hole in the sandy surface of sea-beach and to their surprise sweet water came out.
A well was constructed around this hole. Near that well a Gurudwar called Bauli Saheb came into existence. This is now called'Baulimath'. It is said that it was constructed by Nanak. This is a very sacred place for the Sikhs. One day while Raja and all other devotees were assembled to pay homage to Lord Jagannath, Nanak explained the real meaning of God. He told the crowd that God is present everywhere and does not belong to any individual or community. By saying so he showed both his palms on which Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra had rested.
The Gurugrantha Sahib, the sacred religious book of the Sikhs is one of the most sacred books in the world. It consists of 5894 hymns out of which 976 hymns were composed by Nanak. In 1604 it was compiled by the 5th Guru Arjun Dev. The great lyric poet Jayadev of Orissa finds a place of eminence for his hymns in the 'Grantha Sahib' of Orissa. It is not known how the Punjabi language was influenced by the songs of Jayadev. I would like to quote in a few lines of Nanak which are quoted in the Journal of the University of Bombay, Vol.vi.pp.29-130. Guna gaba Ravidasu Bhagatu Jayadeva Trilochana Adi Gurugrantha Sahibji From the bhajanas of Nanak it is clear that he was highly impressed with the lyrical songs of 'Jayadev'. At that time the songs of Jayadev were regularly recited in the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri. It also appears that Chaitanya and Guru Nanak both met at Puri and spent some time there. Of course we do not have any direct evidence from contemporary literature to substantiate but we find the following in Chaitanya Bhagbat of Iswar Das written in Oriya in 17th Century.Orissa Review July - 2003 Srinibasaye Viswambhara, Kirtan madyare vihar, Nanak Saranga ye dui, Rupa Sanatana duibhai, Jagai Madhai ekatra, Kirtan Karanti Nritya,
It means that Srinibasa and Viswambhara were found in the Kirtan. Both 'Nanak' and 'Saranga' Rupa Sanatan brothers and 'Jagai' 'Madhai' were also there in Kirtan. Nanak's aim in life was to bring religious and social harmony in India. He based his principles of religion on one issue that 'God' is one for all the religions of the different nations, communities, castes and creeds in the world. By this principle he triedto bring unity and harmony among the different religions. His creation of the Sikh community imbibed with a strong sense of nationalism is a great asset of India.
GURU NANAK’ MEMORIAL AT PURI
Guru Nanak, the voice of compassion and universal love, set out from Punjab in 1497 A.D, to convey the message of One God and universal brotherhood of humanity in all directions. The long journeys he undertook for this purpose, the places he visited ,and important people of all the religions he met, are mind boggling. Wherever he went, he dazzled the minds of the people, exhorted them to shed spiritual slavery, and invariably left a permanent imprint on their minds.
Guru Nanak undertook four Udasis i.e. long journeys, in four different directions. The first one was of longest duration and the destination was Jagan Nath Puri. This destination was carefully chosen. Puri was one of the four Dhams established by Shankracharya in 7th century, and later on it had become the prominent centre of Vampanthis. During the times of Guru Nanak, this philosophy of salvation had degenerated into the pleasures of flesh. Guru Nanak after touring the ‘Kamrup Desh’, which comprised the areas of Assam, Bengal and Orissa, reached Jagan Nath Puri in June, 1510 A.D. What happened there during Guru Jee’s visit is recorded in detail in every Janam Sakhi (biography of the Guru). Guruji stayed there for about one and half month, recited two important shabads(Aarti) like, “Gagan Mein Thal........ Bhav Khandana Teri Aarti Hoai.” which are part of Guru Granth Sahib ,and are recited by the Sikhs everywhere during Akhand Path. The historical context in which those shabads were recited is very important to project the philosophy of Guru Nanak.
Bhagat Jaidev’s hymns, which he composed in his well known composition Gita Govinda at Puri, are also incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib. Puri, therefore, has a place of pride in the mind of the Sikhs.
Puri acquired further importance in Sikh history as it contributed to Sikh history till the time of Guru Gobind Singh. After religious persecution of the Sikhs by Aurangzeb and other Mughal Emperors, it lost connection with the Sikhs as the Sikhs had to leave their religious places and had to go into hiding. Since then, the place has remained ignored and neglected by the Sikhs till today. In order to project the importance of Puri for the Sikhs, it is imperative to see its long historical connection with the Sikh history and the Sikhs. It is from this angle, that I have tried to trace the historical connection from the times of Guru Nanak till today.
After Guru Nanak, no Sikh Guru except Guru Tegh Bahadur undertook long journeys outside Punjab. The second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad Dev Jee, tried to consolidate Guru Nanak’s Bani and to propagate the same. For that purpose, Janam Sakhis of Guru Nanak’s life and his visit to various places were got written in details. In the Janam Sakhi of Bhai Bala, Guru Nanak’s visit to Jagan Nath Puri is mentioned in great detail. Two places, Mangu Math and Bauli Math also find mention in the Janam Sakhi as being intimately connected with Guru Nanak’s visit to Puri. The third Guru, Guru Amar Dass, took further steps for propagation of Guru Nanak’s new creed and appointed missionaries for that purpose in different parts of the country. Bhai Mohan was the first missionary appointed for the area of Bengal and Orissa in about 1562 AD. The missionary work took a further fillip, when Baba Shri Chand accepted the supremacy of his father’s mission and his new creed, and undertook its propagation during the time of 4th and 5th Gurus. Baba Shri Chand, whose Udasi followers are now-a-days managing Bauli Math and Mangu Math in Puri, had become a Sanyasi and did not marry. During the last years of his life, he adopted Baba Gurditta, the eldest son of Guru Hargobind, the sixth Guru of the Sikhs, and entrusted to him the missionary work of Sikhism in various parts of India. Baba Gurditta under the guidance of Guru Hargobind opened many new missionary centres at far flung places.
The chief missionary appointed for Jagan Nath Puri was one Almast, who had done impressive missionary work in the areas of the present Uttar Pradesh during the life time of Baba Shri Chand. It is said that it was Almast who got constructed Dharamsalas at the places historically connected with Guru Nanak’s visit, including the buildings at Bauli Math and Mangu Math at Puri Almast with his extensive religious knowledge and deep spirituality won respect for Sikhism in the area of Jagan Nath Puri. It is because of Almast’s impressive work that Guru Tegh Bahadur chose to visit the place in 1670 AD, during his visit to Assam, Bengal and other areas. Guru Tegh Bahadur stayed at Bauli Math, which was said to be dug by Guru Nanak, for about fortnight and got the same repaired. Guru Tegh Bahadur opened a free kitchen i.e., Langar for the pilgrims of all faiths and further explained to the people the principles of Guru Nanak’s mission and philosophy. The ordinary people as well as the learned Pandits were impressed by Guruji’s way of life and exposition of the philosophy of Sikhism. The people in the area had great respect for Guru Nanak and other Sikh Gurus, and the same was further deepened. It is because of that respect that the people use to come to meet the living Gurus.
Bhai Himmat Singh of Jagan Nath Puri, in the same traditions, came and offered his head to Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur Sahib in 1699 AD, at the time of creation of Khalsa Panth as one of the Panj Piaras. The thread of historical connection from Guru Nanak’s first visit to the creation of Khalsa Panth is continuous in one way or the other. But, after this great historical event, the connection between Puri and the Sikhs was snapped for a very long period. The Government of Orissa should help to raise this memorial in memory of Bhai Himmat Singh also.
It was only in 1838 AD, when Maharaja Ranjit Singh during his last illness offered to donate the famous Kohinoor diamond to the Temple of Jagan Nath at the suggestion of his astrologer, that the place finds mention in the Sikh history again. The royal custodian Beli Ram refused to acced to the royal wish of Maharaja Ranjit Singh ,and Kohinoor Diamond could not find its way to the temple of Jagan Nath Puri. Beli Ram and his family suffered a tragic death and, the Sikhs lost their kingdom in a short time. The British, as a matter of policy did not encourage the missionary work of any Indian religion. Jagan Nath Puri also lost connection with the Sikhs as the places connected with Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur’s visit were not properly kept. The local Udasi Sadhus totally ignored all the traditions of Sikhism and its practices at the places connected with Sikh history.
These days, the general population of the city do not know anything about Guru Nanak’s visit to Jagan Nath Puri, and particularly about the historical places connected with Guru Nanak’s name. The Udasi Sadhus managing these places also do not know much about the purpose of Guru Nanak’s visit, but Guru Granth Sahib is ceremonially placed there in the corner of these two Maths.
Sikhs after independence have made some unsuccessful attempts to acquire those places for the purpose of building Gurudwaras, but due to political complications, the attempts have failed due to one reason or the other. The Sikhs wanted to build Gurdwara only at the place of Bauli Math. But the Udasi people did not agree to hand over the possession of the place for that purpose. Therefore, there is no trace of memory of Guru Nanak’s historical visit to Puri. It is a matter of surprise to the people, and matter of shame for the Sikhs.
In 1993, Guru Nanak Universal Brotherhood Society had taken initiative to construct Guru Nanak’s Memorial at the sea shore of Jagan Nath Puri to commemorate Guru Nanak’s great historical visit to Puri, and to project his philosophy at a place where other religions of India stand represented in one form or the other. Kabir and Chaitanaya who visited the place have impressive Maths constructed by their followers, but Guru Nanak and his philosophy is unrepresented at such a great historical place. It is a major challenge to see Guru Nanak’s philosophy and Sikhism represented among the other major religions of India. Otherwise, the people would say, as a Minister of Orissa said in 1993, that ”the Sikhs construct Gurudwaras only at places where they expect some monetary gains.” This is an unfair charge against them because it is against the history of the Sikhs. The people know that the Sikhs have not allowed to go into oblivion any place connected with the name of their Gurus so far. Why is Puri, such an important religious place, the only exception? The Sikhs have to give an answer now ---in the form of an impressive Memorial to commemorate Guru Nanak’s great historical visit to this place. It was because of old love that the Sikhs felt deeply pained to see the recent cyclonic tragedy of vast devastation in Orissa and they rose to help whole heartedly the people of Orissa in their times of misfortune.
The people of Orissa should help the Sikhs to cement their bonds of love with Puri by co-operating in raising this memorial to commemorate Guru Nanak’s first great historical visit to Orissa, and particularly to Puri. Since 1995, our Society has made serious efforts to start the construction of the memorial, but the same has got delayed due to one reason or the orther. The last reason given that Guru Nanak’s memorial would creat problems of security, is not understandable at all. Therefore, the Government of Orissa should take immediate steps to hand over the possession of land already allotted to the society, at least at the end of the year long celebrations of Khalsa, started in April, 1999. That would be real celebration of India’s Secularism in the begining of 21st century.
Bhai Dharam Singh (Panj Piarey)
Bhai Dharam Singh (1666–1708), one of the Panj Pyare or the Five Beloved, the forerunners of Khalsa, came of farming stock. He was the son of Bhai Sant Ram and Mai Sabho, of the village Saifpur-Karamchandpur, Hastinapur, Meerut District.
Joins 10th GuruDharam Das, as he was originally named, was born around 1666. As a young man, he fell into the company of a Sikh who introduced him to the teachings of the Gurus. He left home at the age of thirteen in quest of further instruction. At the Sikh shrine of Nanak Piau, dedicated to Guru Nanak, he was advised to go to Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur, where he arrived in 1698.
Offered his headA few months later came the historic Baisakhi congregation at which five Sikhs responding to five successive calls of Guru Gobind Singh offered one after the other to lay down their heads. Dharam Das was one of those five. The Guru blessed them and called them Panj Pyare, the five beloved of him. They were anointed as the first five members of the brotherhood of the Khalsa inaugurated on that day. Guru Gobind Singh then asked them to administer to him the vows of initiation.
Delivered ZafarnamahDharam Das, who, after initiation, became Dharam Singh, took part in the battles of Anandpur. He was in Guru Gobind Singh's train when Anandpur and thereafter Chamkaur were evacuated. He accompanied Bhai Daya Singh to the South to deliver Guru Gobind Singh's letter, the Zafarnamah, to Emperor Aurangzeb.
Support of Prince Mua'zzamDuring the war of succession following the death of Aurangzib on 20 February 1707, Guru Gobind Singh took the part of the rightful claimant to the imperial throne, Prince Mua'zzam, and sent for his help Bhai Dharam Singh who with his small band of Sikhs fought in the battle of Jajau (8 June 1707). He accompanied Guru Gobind Singh to Nanded and was with him at the time of his death on 7 October 1708.
Return homeDharam Singh died at Nanded. A gurdwara there preserves the memory jointly of Bhai Dharam Singh and Bhai Daya Singh.