REDBRIDGE, UK—Bhagwant Singh, of Castle Drive, Redbridge, travelled last week with Kewel Singh, Jaspal Singh and Suminder Singh after watching a YouTube video about Cyprus not possessing Guru Granth Sahib.
After watching the video they decided “Sikhs must not be deprived” and flew out to the Mediterranean island.
The group were met by hundreds of Sikhs at Larnaca Airport in Cyprus and were escorted by police to a temporary Gurdwara, which the community has be to rent.
“I feel very proud to have done it,” said Bhagwant. “It was our duty and it seems to be a very noble cause. This is first time we have ever done this as a group.
“We paid for all the tickets ourselves as we did not want them to spend a penny.
“For 11 years they have been pleading for the Sikh world to give them the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and we got it printed and did it all from scratch.
“We were the first group to have done this in Cyprus.”
Just 90 minutes after landing the Siri Guru Granth Sahib was opened for the first time in Cypriot Sikh history and the hukamnama – or order of the day – was read by the priest at the temporary Gurdwara.
The group stayed for a week on the island and also celebrated the birthday of the Siri Guru Nanak Dev – the founder of the Sikh religion.
Coaches of Sikhs came from across the country to see the Guru Granth Sahib.
Editor’s Note: This news is being re-published for the benefit of our readers. We urge international Sikh Sangat to adhere to proper satkar when travelling with Guru Granth Sahib saroops.