Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Gateway to Sikhism



No. 10 Jalan Okid, Desa Changkat, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak

In the 1920's, there was a small community of Sikhs in Batu Gajah who were employed in the various tin mines or were dairN farmers. These Sikhs built their Gurdwara Sahib, a single storey wooden building, in 1927, close to the site of the present Gurdwara Sahib. The Gurdwara Sahib land, was gazetted as a Sikh Temple reserve on 27th April 1928 as Grant Number 2429 LOT 29664. By the 1960s, this Gurdwara Sahib building had fallen into disrepair and was also too small for the growing Sikh Sangat.

In 1967, a building committee was formed to raise donations and build a new Gurdwara Sahib building. Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji of Malacca laid the foundation stone on 19th June 1967. Tun Haji Abdul Razak bin Dato Hussein, the then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia officially declared this new Gurdwara Sahib building open on 28th April 1969. The cost of this Gurdwara Sahib building was RM180,000.00 out of which RM40,000.00 was donated by the Government. This Gurdwara Sahib was extensively renovated between 1990 and 1992.
Presently, there are about 70 Sikh students who study Gurmukhi in this Gurdwara Sahib every Saturday between 2.00p.m. to 6.00p.m.

The Management Committee comprises of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, their assistants and five committee members. Giani Ajaib Singh served as a Granthi here for nearly 27 years from 1960 to 1987. Presently, there are about 60 Sikh families in this area who participate in the religious activities of this Gurdwara Sahib. The normal weekly prayers are held on Sunday mornings from 6.30a.m. to 8.00a.m.

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The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.
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