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Bir Ras Kirtan Durbar:

Prakash of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and

Sri Dasam Granth Sahib
Gurinder Singh Mann, March 7, 2008

This weekend sees a slightly unusual event taking place in Birmingham, England. A rare
occasion where the presence of the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib will be venerated together
with the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in England. The event follows from the programme held
by the Damdami Taksal at Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji Gurudwara Tividale, Birmingham
and the International Seminar on the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib, Sacramento, America.

These events have taken place independently of each other and the primary driver has
been to educate the masses on the importance of the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. After many
years whereby a unusual hate campaign has been directed towards the Sri Dasam Granth
Sahib, several individuals and organisations have decided to give befitting replies to these
More importantly the Samprayadas who fully respect and accord the highest reverence to
the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib are behind the two programmes in England. The Damdami
Taksal and the Akali Nihangs who at several of their Gurudwaras undertake prakash of
the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib together with the Sri Guru Granth Sahib are now ensuring
this practice is more understood in the UK.

The two Takhts of Sikh Polity, Takht Patna Sahib and Takht Hazur Sahib also presently
house both Granths and Hukumnama is taken from both Granths as well. In my very own
presentation (at the International Seminar of the Sri Dasam Granth), the 300 Year History
of the Dasam Granth I also showed how both Granths had been venerated in equal terms
during the 18th and 19th Century.

In view of this Akali Nihang Sukha Singh is one the individuals who will be presenting
and showcasing the importance of the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib at the Bir Ras Kirtan
Durbar. Bhai Sukha Singh who was recently given a Farla, one of the highest accolades
to be given by the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal Panjvah Takht Sahib, is a
distinguished individual who at a young age has mastered the knowledge and wisdom of
both Granths.

The event will be a real eye opener for those individuals whose knowledge on the
scripture is limited and who want to learn how the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib is venerated
in many Gurudwaras in India.

The details of the Event are as follows:

Saturday 8th March 2008 6pm till 12am

1st Annual Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji Prakash Bir Ras
Kirtan Darbar 2008 at Gurdwara Baba Sang, Saint Pauls Road, High Street,
West Midlands B66 1EE.

5pm – 6pm Rehras Sahib followed by Aarti Aarta Ardas & Hukamnama from Sri Guru
Granth Sahib Ji & Sri Dasam Granth Ji Recitation of Jaap Sahib
6pm – 6.30pm Katha of Hola Mohala in English
6.30 – 7.45 Dasam Granth Kirtan
7.45 – 9pm Dasam Granth Katha in English/Punjabi
9pm – 10 pm Dasam Granth Kirtan
10pm – Late – Rehnsbai Kirtan in commemoration of the Barsi of Damelli Vale Sant.