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GURDWARA SAHIB MENGLEMBU REGROUPING AREA, IPOH, PERAK

Lot 17600 Menglembu Regrouping Area, 31450 Menglembu, Ipoh, Perak

In the dawn of the 20th Century. there were a few Sikhs residing around the Menglembu area. Most of these Sikhs were dairy farmers while others possessed bullock carts, which was the only mode of transportation at that time.

Around 1910, these Sikhs applied for a piece of land in Menglembu to be used as a place of worship. The present site, which is 3 Roods 37 Poles in area, was gazetted as a Sikh Temple Reserve vide F.M.S. Government Gazette Number 2714 dated 11th October 1912 by the British Resident of the State of Perak. This Gurdwara Sahib was situated on former mining pool land. The Sikhs filled up the mining pool with sand and stones, which was transported on their bullock carts.

In 1912, these Sikhs built their Gurdwara Sahib building at a cost-of Straits Settlements $800.00. Sardar Hakam Singh s/o Wadawa Singh laid the foundation stone of this Gurdwara Sahib and also officially declared open this Gurdwara Sahib building in late 1912. This Gurdwara Sahib building was a single storey wooden structure made of wooden planks and a zinc roof. Over the years, this Gurdwara Sahib building has been repaired and renovated on several occasions. The present Gurdwara Sahib land area is 50,611 square feet.

Bhai Ujagar Singh Gill Village Kambo Dhaiwala, Amritsar served as a Granthi in this Gurdwara Sahib from 1932 to 1942. Bhai Ajaib Singh served as a Granthi from 1961 to 1974. Bhai Kartar Singh also served as a Granthi here from 1982 to 1993.

There is one room available for Sikh visitors who may wish to stay here for a few days with the prior approval of the President or Secretary. The Management Committee comprises of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, their assistants and seven committee members. The present Trustee of the Gurdwara Sahib is Sardar Ranjit Singh. Presently there are about 40 families residing in this area who participate in the religious activities held in this Gurdwara Sahib.

The weekly prayers are held every Saturday evening from 7.00p.m. The Isteri Satsang programme is held once a month on the first Saturday of each month from 3.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. On the 1" of every month, Naant Simran recital of the Gurbani, is held from 7.30p.m. to 9.00p.m.

Courtesy:
Sikh Gurudwaras in Malaysia&Singapore
Saran Singh Sidhu AMN,PNM,FRNS

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