Bricks being baked..

The Khalsa Shall Rule!
A low shot of hariminder sahib
The Akal Thakt

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Guru Fateh!
Angad Singh

A Purtan Saranda

Can You spot what does not fit in to this picture

They ve come to meet the Guru

..and so has this kabootar

Harimander Sahib

June 22, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

On the 17th and 18th June I was at Harminder sahib. This time round I learnt something new. I shall share with all of you in a this post.

I went by myself and I had decided that I do not want to go visiting numerous gurudwaras as I wanted to just spend time at Hariminder Sahib.

After having deposited my bag in the gatri ghar I t went to Akal Thakt Sahib to metha take. After that I went to Hariminder Sahib.

As I was going in I saw a dilruba in the hands of one of the ragi jatha. Thanks to Arina that kirtan was recorded. I shall ask her to upload it then you guys can also listen to it.

A lot of young kirtaneas are doing tanti saaz kirtan in harminder sahib and from the looks of it they appear to be students of professor kartar singh ji.

That evening I was in akal thakt for rehraas sahib as I found out they show shastars of guru sahib and puratan gursikhs to the sangat after the path.

After the darshan of the shastars I decided to go eat langar. As I was on my way to langar I saw a group of people singing shabads walking a few steps then stopping then continuing. They were let by an elderly gentleman carrying a sri sahib.

I joined them and asked one of the persons in the group what was this all about. He told me this was a very old tradition started by Baba Budha Ji. He added this kirtan chownki was started by Baba Ji at the hukam of Guru Sahib when he was held captive in the Gwalior fort. The sangat wanted to do darshan of guru sahib so they had asked babaji what they should do. He went to Guru Sahib and asked him what should the sangat do. Guru Sahib said a kirtan chownki should be done and then the sangat will be able to do his darshan.

I was pretty intrigued and said to myself let continue with them after all I had nothing much to do anyways. After the chowki was over I went to that person again and asked him for more details and we sat down and spoke.

The chownki starts at about 2030 hours from Babaji’s beer and ends at harminder sahib. The time taken to complete the chownki is about an hour and fifteen minutes. The chownki goes on everyday at the same time. There is a Gukta Sahib which containts the shabads that are sung in the chowki.They say the chawnki was even carried out during the time of the mahants and till today the person holding the sri sahib is called mahant and people bow down to him and even give him money.

I had seen people bowing down and all but I did not think about it at that point. I was only later when I was lying down in the parkarma that I thought that it is wrong for people to metha take him in addition at times I feel that the chownki too seems pretty much ritualistic to me.

Basically it’s a tradition that is being carried on for centuries now and I had never even known about it so that is why I am sharing it with you.

By the time I woke up at about 530 or so and then I got ready went to akal thakt and did my nietnem and slept there for a while. After which I went to do some shopping.

I bought a shastar for myself and the my usual stock of kakars. In addition I also bought two books Bandagi Nama and Sundri. I read sundri on the way back on the train. Its an awsome book. I will write more about that in another post.

Before leaving for Delhi I went to the Baba Atal Rai tower only to learn that no one is allowed to the top story as on the 16th of june a girl jumped from there so for the coming week or so no one was allowed to go right to the top. Also the state of the tower is real bad. The beautiful art work is being white washed and being replaced by toilet tiles.!!

For some reason blogger is not letting me post pictures today I have some nice pictures that I took during the trip. I will try to post them up in the next few days or so.

Guru Fateh!
Angad Singh

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sorry for not updating earlier. I have had almost no access to the internet for a while. Also I bought metallic tuning heads for my dilruba so I spent 1 entire weekend just on retying the frets and re stringing the instrument.

Anyway, I was at Rajab Ganj Sahib on 26th May and I took some really good shots.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Listening attentively!

What should we make Bhai Avtar sing??
You should sing Raag Maru

Singing his heart out – Bhai Balbir Singh Ji

Can you see the joy on Prof Kartar Singh ji’s face

Bhai Avtar Singh Ji singing Ghol Ghumee Lalna in Raag Maru

Thats all for today. In the next post I shall probabaly write about Dinner with Bhai Avtar Singh Ji.I have the recordings for the kirtan progamme. I will upload it when I get back home in 6 weeks!

Till next time..Guru Fateh!

Angad Singh

Ps: please click on the pics to enjoy!! esp the last 3 ones.