Chabiyaan Da Morcha

Before the formation of the SGPC, the Darbar Sahib – Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar was governed by Mahants. As the Mahants were compelled to leave the Harmandar Sahib, the keys were handed over to the British colonial rulers. The keys to Darbar Sahib’s “Tosha Khana” (Panthic treasury) were seized by the Deputy Commissioner on Nov. 7, 1921. The agitation to recover the keys is known as “Chabiyaan Da Morcha”. This agitation resulted in the eventual return of the keys on Jan. 19, 1922. The keys were returned to Baba Kharak Singh, President of SGPC, during active Diwan in front of the Akal Takht, by District Authorities, Amritsar.

The brave Sikh crusader compelled the administration to hand over the 53 keys of Toshakhana (Treasury) of Darbar Sahib. These were still in the hands of officially appointed Manager though the whole complex had come in control of the Sikhs in October 1920. These keys were obtained by Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar. Baba Kharak Singh as President of SGPC gave a call for agitation which came to be known as the keys Morcha. Along with some other leaders he was arrested on November 29, 1921 at Ajnala for violating prohibitory orders.

During the prosecution in that case in the court of Mr. Conor, he made bold statement against the British authorities. To quote an extract, “As the Government is a party to this prosecution and the Judge is one of its servants, I, therefore, do not wish to make any statement. My position as President of the Sikh Panth is like that of the President of the United States, France and Germany” (Quoted by Mohinder Singh, “The Akali Struggle”, pp. 50-51). He was jailed for six months but had to be released earlier due to public protest.

Finally, the keys of Toshakhana were handed over to him by the District Judge on January 19, 1922. It was a great achievement and a big victory over the administration.

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  • Special evening Diwan will be held on Oct 23, Thursday to commemorate Bandi Chorr Diwas. Bhai Nirmal Singh Nagpuri, former Hazoori Ragi Darbar Sahib and Bhai Prakash Singh ji will do the Kirtan Sewa.
  • By Guru’s grace the construction for the next phase is going full steam. Click here to view pictures.

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May in Sikh History and SSNJ Program Updates

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  • May 17: Monthly Asa di Vaar and Homeless Shelter Langar Sewa
  • May 17: Hemkunt Speech Competition
  • May 18: Visakhi Mela and Blood Drive

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  • May 2-4: Kirtan Samagam at Bridgewater Gurdwara Sahib. Click here for details.

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  • Akhand Paath begins on Apr 18 (Friday), 1:00 AM.
  • Apr 19: Monthly Asa Di Vaar – Bhai Gurmail Singh ji (Hazaoori Ragi, Darbaar Sahib) will be doing Kirtan Sewa
  • Apr 19: Monthly Homeless Shelter Langar Sewa
  • Apr 20: Nishan Sahib Sewa
  • Apr 20: Ardas and Groundbreaking for Phase II construction
  • Apr 26: Annual NYC Sikh Day Parade

 

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