USA: Virginia Gurdwara Changes Amrit Sanchar and Ardas

RICHMOND, Virginia, USA—Gurdwara Sikh Sangat of Virginia, operated by the Central Sikh Mission of America has formally changed the Sikh ardas and conducted Amrit Sanchar without the banis written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.  The Gurdwara Committee termed this oxymoron as a “historical step” which has taken place for the first time.

Led by Giani Kuldeep Singh, an amrit sanchar was held at the Gurdwara on April 15, in which only banis of Sri Jap Ji Sahib, Sodar, So Purakh and Sohila were read.  The Sikh Rehit Maryada issued by Akal Takht Sahib states that Jap Ji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Tav-Prasad Savaiye, Chaupai Sahib and Anand Sahib are to be read during amrit sanchar.

People taking amrit were prescribed the rehit to read first 13 angs of Guru Granth Sahib as their daily nitnem.  The Gurdwara committee has further changed the ardas from “Pritham Bagauti Simar Ke” to “Prithap Akal Purakh Simar Ke”.

“This is a historical step and we congratulate the Sikh Sangat of Virginia.  By conducting the Pahul Sanchar without reading banis by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, they have shown their dedication to the Guru,” published Khalsa News, a tabloid operated by excommunicated Ragi Darshan Singh.

Explaining his stance on the changes at the Gurdwara Sahib, Giani Kuldeep Singh said, “Our Guru is complete, we do not need to go out to anyone else to become Sikhs.  We are following instructions of our Guru by not reading Dasam Granth.”

Jaswinder Singh from Virginia objected to the change in Sikh Rehit Maryada by the Gurdwara.  “The Gurdwara has always been very liberal about certain things, however, in past few years, they have notoriously challenged everything.  They denounce Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s bani on basis that it’s not part of Guru Granth Sahib.  They often quote ‘Sab Sikh Sikhan Ko Hukam Hai Guru Manyo Granth’, however this phrase is also not from Guru Granth Sahib, why do they continue to use that to spread their own ideology?” he questioned.


  1. These foolish people have questioned on Akal purkh not on Guru Gobind Singh ji. No body has right to change the Amrit Sanchar maryada which has established by Waheguru ji (God). Guru Gobind Singh ji was only Dass of Parmpurkh (Akalpurkh) and they have performed duties only and said: WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA – WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH.

    Waheguru ji sumat bakhsan.

  2. It is good that this SUBJECT of AMRIT has come into FOCUS among younger generation of SIKHS.

    PLEASE BE POLITE AND CURTIOUS on social media.
    WAHE GURU means Wonderful Eliminator Of Ignorance.

    Knowledge is power. It will be nice to know your own SIKH History .

    Granth Sahib was completed ,including the compositions of Guru Tegh Bahadur, 17 days after
    his martyrdom on 11.11.1675. When did Guru Gobind Singh ji recite Jap Sahib? 1699 ?

    “The Sikhs in History 2010” by Dr. Sangat Singh [ ISBN 81-7205-275-8 ] .
    The first 80 pages of this book give answers to many questions.

    I will recomend you to read it to find out what is right and what is wrong.
    Wahe Guru ji ka khalsa wahe guru gi ki fateh.

  3. Well done, finally some sikhs have woken up. Stick with the change and dont pay attention to the brahmin sikhs that are barking like puppys.

  4. I strongly condemned the black deed of this committee. No body is authorised to change amrit bani and amrit sanchar. Jaap sahib saviye chopai and anand sahib are necessary along with Jap sahib.
    Let waheguru pardon them and bring them in sikhi.
    Jogendra Singh

  5. When you leave the compositions of Guru Gobind Singh Ji from the Amrit Sanchaar equation you forfeit your right to call yourself a Sikh. Be ready to face the consequences.

  6. You leave Guru Gobind Singh’s bani from the amrit sanchaar equation, you forfeit your right to be called a sikh.The choice is yours. Be ready to face the consequences.

    • Deeply disgusting sacrilegious comment. Exactly the kind of scurrilous remark I would expect from a Hinduvta agent provocateur trolling a Sikh website masquerading as a Sikh and gives a clear insight into why you have zero problem with the beadbi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab. ‘Guru’ Granth Sahib is immutable and CAN NOT be amended, revised or changed to suit your personal peccadilloes to give you a veneer of religiosity. That was the public instruction of the Tenth Guru himself when he conferred eternal and final Guruship on the Adi Granth to make it ‘Guru’ Granth Sahib of the Sikhs. We are Sikhs not Jews nor Christians or as you have tried consistently to tarnish us as Jihadi Muslims – we are NOT people of the Book not of Abrahamic tradition so you need to get your ignorant mind to comprehend notions of old or new testament do not apply to the Sikhs anymore than belief in your Ramayana fable.

  7. Congrats. Baba Nanak’s blessings are with you. Lot of things got mixed up during the udasi’s and nirmala’s managing of the gurudwara’s during british rule.

  8. Congrats to the Gurudwara Committee. Second Singh Sabha Lehar has started. Guru Granth Sahib is our pooran Guru. It was long due and we need to remove Bachittar Natak from Nanded and Pathna Sahib Gurudwara which they have placed parallel to Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

    • Shut your bloody mouth you FOOOL !!!! you are an RSS agent or VHP or Bajrang Dal or pehaps Shiv Sena ….
      HOW DARE YOU CHALLENGE DASHMESH PITAJIs BAANI you piece of Filth !!!! come can face a LION of Our Dashmesh Pita…. I will kill you in no time you arse hole…. come and accept the dual with me … 00.44.7789616665 call me you arse hole and then see how a Lion ROARS!!!!!! haraam deya !!!! you gonna burn in hellll!!!!

  9. People who went against Sri Dasam Granth sahib ji have died with cancer and didn’t survive for long. Without dasam father Guru Gobind Singh ji’s banis this is incomplete Amrit. No point taking it…
    People have stopped using their logical brains.. I am amazed at this nonsense….

    • Hi Jack, It’s nothing to do with getting cancer or TB. It is the ceremony, the tradition and the path set by the great Dasam Pitamah the great bardoalm, shah-e-shahenshah Sahib Siri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee. It is not going against the SDG. It is going against the Master of the masters.

      This man has forgotten in his dull disturbed mind that if one leaves the rule out of making the same rule set by a great immortal then how he can assume the rule to be the same rule. Sahib jee set a rule to be an Amritdhari and he has just removed the RULE.

      This person is the biggest fool of the twenty first century.

  10. These kind of people are of “ਅਸ਼ਲੀਲ mindset
    I agree with u PRABHSIMRAN SINGH-
    “guru granth sahib ji’s saroop should be taken from these people who cannot respect gurbani, as well as their nishan sahib,

  11. It is funny, not wrong. Those who partook hardly had objections over banis. Questions should be asked how many actually took amrit and those who speak loud and hues and cries, will they ready to take amrit( leave issue of which banis), they still need to refrain from certain things and wear five K’s . Are they ready for it ? It is our mind which interprets Bhagauti as devi or God, we all know, we do our ardas to waheguru and God does recognises it. Even if meaning of Bhagauti is indeed a name of Devi, God knows heart and he will not forward our prayers to devi because we only worship waheguru. Again Akal Purkh also tells God as Purkh(you may say many other meanings but when someone is determined not to accept them , them Purkh is for man and our God is genderless and Akal Purkh is also not from Guru Granth Sahib. To me these people hardly believe in religion, just publicity seekers, better ignore them.

  12. guru granth sahib ji’s saroop should be taken from these people who cannot respect gurbani, as well as their nishan sahib,

  13. No one has the right, the GURUS didn’t give anyone the power to change , add or subtract any part of the AMRIT SANCHAAR . Anyone doing it should not b given the respect of being n Amritdhaari. We should not go about pleasing our egos .something should b done. We say others r disrespecting the SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIBJI ! But r we ourselves giving the due respect that we should. WAHEGURU WAHEGURU WAHEGURU

  14. This is wrong

    Dasme pitah prepared and conducted the Amrit sanchar on the 13.04.1699

    Who are these people to change the Amrit sanchar and the ardas

    This will hurt the Sikh sentiment and should be looked at by Sikh jathabandis as to speak to the Gurudwara committee and not let this kind of sanchar happen again

    Sikhs need to have the same Amrit sanchar that was bestowed
    Upon us by Guruji at Anandpur SAhib


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