PATNA, Bihar, India—In a revolutionary development on October 17, the Management Committee of Takht Sri Patna Sahib permitted baptized Sikh women to perform Kirtan inside Takht Sri Patna Sahib. Notably, Takht Sri Patna Sahib is fifth Sikh throne and birthplace of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
On being contacted by Sikh24 earlier today, newly elected President of Takht Sri Patna Sahib Management Committee S. Harwinder Singh Sarna informed that a Kirtani jatha of Sikh women performed Kirtan of Asa Ki War on October 16.
“We had elaborate discussions on the issue and while Sikh women have not performed kirtan here in decades, we decided to allow the Sikh women to do kirtan seva,” said Sarna. Patna Sahib has no further booking by Sikh women Jathas, however they are willing to allow women to do seva going further.
It is pertinent to note here that the right to perform Kirtan inside sacred Sikh shrines for Sikh women is being demanded from long time. Currently, Sikh women are not allowed to do kirtan at the Harmandir Sahib either.
During tenure of Bibi Jagir Kaur as an SGPC President, she had made some efforts to get this right for Sikh women even inside the sanctum sanctorum Sri Harmandir Sahib but the SGPC appointed Takht Jathedars had not accepted the demand at that time.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org