CHANDIGARH, Punjab—A religious event was organized at the supreme Sikh throne Sri Akal Takht Sahib to mark the 416th Miri Piri Diwas on July 18. In this event, Hazoori Raagi Jatha of Bhai Harbhinder Singh delighted the Sikh sangat with Gurbani Kirtan following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib.
Bhai Sultan Singh performed Ardas on this occasion while Giani Jagtar Singh read the sacred Hukamnama on this occasion.
Shedding light on the history of Miri Piri Diwas, Giani Jagtar Singh inspired the Sikh masses to live their lives as per the path enlightened by Guru Sahib.
Extending congratulations to the Sikh community, SGPC appointed officiating Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said that the concept of Miri and Piri was a combination of temporal power and spirituality respectively. “This concept holds a great importance in the history of this world,” he added.
Giani Harpreet Singh further said that Guru Sahib had taught the Sikhs to defend meek ones while following the path of spirituality. “The Akal Takht’s call of adopting this principle of Miri and Piri had shaken the roots of the oppressive Mughal empire at that time. It resisted the tyranny of the powerful and oppressive rulers, which changed the inferior thinking of the people and brought them out of slavery. That was the reason why Sri Akal Takht Sahib has always been challenged by the rulers/governments”, said Giani Harpreet Singh.
Giani Harpreet Singh appealed to the Sikh community to adhere to this honourable principle of the Guru and adopt Bani and Baana (Gurbani and traditional Sikh attire) to uphold Gurmat (teachings of Sikh Gurus) traditions and customs.
During the function, the historical Miri and Piri kirpans (swords) adorned by Guru Hargobind Sahib at Sri Akal Takht Sahib were also shown to the sangat.
On this occasion, eminent personalities were honoured with Guru’s blessing Siropaos (robe of honours).
During the event, SGPC general secretary Bhagwant Singh Sialka, SGPC member Jagsir Singh Mangeana, Bhai Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, former Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, head granthi Giani Gurmukh Singh, Bhai Malkit Singh Varpal, SGPC secretary Mahinder Singh Ahli, additional secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, Partap Singh, assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, Sulakhan Singh Bhangali, Gurmeet Singh Butter, Sukhbir Singh, Gurmeet Singh honorary secretary, manager of Sri Darbar Sahib Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, superintendent Malkit Singh Beharwal, OSDs to SGPC president Dr Amrik Singh Latifpur and Dr Sukhbir Singh, manager Narinder Singh, Nishan Singh, Jaspal Singh Dhade and others were present.