Pakistan: In A Village With No Sikhs, Hindus Reopen Gurdwara, Muslims Prepare Langar
In a symbol of communal harmony, the followers of Guru Nanak(Nanak Naam Lewa) have helped renovate and reopen a gurdwara at Janoji, Pakistan. The gurdwara had been lying closed since partition in the village, in Pakistan’s Sindh province’s Sukkur district, that has no Sikh population.
The Gurdwara Baba Nanak was reopened on Friday, November 29, as part of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations. The entire work was carried out by members of the Hindu and Muslim communities.
“Gurdwara Baba Nanak has been reopened after a year of renovation work, which was carried out with the help of donations from Nanak Naam Lewa Sangat. The Hindu community living in Sukkur and Khairpur districts contributed and nearly Rs 6 lakh was spent to renovate the two-room gurdwara,” Dewa Sikandar, member of Pakistan Hindu Council was quoted in The Indian Express.
“The local Muslim villagers arranged langar for the devotees. They prepared lunch and karha prasad and also decorated the gurdwara for opening day. Nanak Naam Lewa Sangat chanted Waheguru prayers as well as aarti,” added Sikandar.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib and a Bhagwad Gita were installed at the gurdwara. A caretaker will also live at the gurdwara.
“However, since there is a proper maryada to be followed for sewa of Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy book will be taken back to Salehpat main gurdwara and will be brought here once a year till we do not get a permanent granthi,” said Sikandar.
Senior Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah also gave Rs 2 lakh for the gurdwara’s renovation.