April 2014 Celebrations

Vaisakhi and Navratri were celebrated this month at Gobind Sadan.

 

Gobind Sadan’s Panj Payare (5 Beloved)

Vaisakhi

For Sikhs, Vaisakhi marks not only the traditional harvest festival, but the day Guru Gobind Singh ji, planted a new seed that grew into Khalsa, The Order of the Pure: those who would dedicate their lives to defending everyone’s rights to religious liberty and a just social order. The Guru marked the 5 Beloved (Panj Payare), who stepped forward, with the symbols which still distinguish a Sikh today (the 5 k’s) – unshorn hair, kirpan, steel bracelet, briefs, and a comb.

Prabh Noor recites poem of Birth of Khalsa

Vaisakhi at Gobind Sadan, was celebrated from 12 to 14 April with 5 Akhand Paths, kirtan, amrit ceremony, and special langars. Sangat members enthusiastically performed many kinds of seva.

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Closing havan at the Peace Havan

Navratri

Just before Vaisakhi, Gobind Sadan celebrated Navratri, the 9-days’ festival of the Goddess, was celebrated both in Mataji’s temple at Gobind Sadan and in the Peace Havan in Maharaj’s garden, ending on 8th April with a ceremony at Mataji’s temple and a special havan in the Peace Havan.

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