Sikhs Barred From Uttrakhand as Demand for Destroyed Gurdwara Gains Support

Historical Site of Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib

AMRITSAR SAHIB—The demand for reconstruction for Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib in Haridwar is gaining more support as the Uttrakhand Government is trying its best to keep Sikhs away from reaching the historical spot.  The historical place which dates back almost 500 years ago has special significance for the Sikhs, however a Gurdwara that was built there was demolished by mobs in 1984 during anti-Sikh pogroms.  Following news of a Sikh Jatha expressing desire to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab at the historical spot, the Uttrakhand Government has passed orders barring entry to Sikhs.

A Jatha of Sikhs under the leadership of Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal had pledged to carry out a march to commemorate Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at the site of the demolished Gurdwara.  The entire march given the name of “Fateh Yatra” was to last for three days. However, as per correspondence received from All India Sikh Conference (AISF) president Gurcharan Singh Babbar, the Uttarakhand Government is trying its best to block entry for the Sikhs.

Both Bhai Babbar and Baba Daduwal have condemned the steps being taken to stop the Sikhs from celebrating Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.  As per common public opinion, this is being done to ensure the Gurdwara is not rebuilt as the land is currently occupied by Bharat Scouts (National Scouting and Guiding Association of India) and some shopkeepers.  The Government has long disputed the claim by Sikhs over the ownership of land at Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar.

It was at Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib where Guru Nanak Dev Ji enlightened a group of Brahmins on the banks of river Ganges.

Letter by  Bhai Gurcharan Singh Babbar addressed to President of India is available here.


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