Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev Ji – Tue. Nov. 27th & Wed. Nov. 28th, 2012

Guru Nanak Foundation of America will be celebrating the birth-anniversary/Prakash Gurpurab of Shri Guru Nanak Devji on its actual day and then again on the subsequent weekend. We are finalizing the weekend program and will inform the sadh sangat soon.

The dewan schedule for actual day celebrations is as follows:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rein Sabahi Kirtan will be held from 7.15 pm to 2.00 am (Courtesy of Gobind and Pooja Hemnani)
The jathas participating in the Rein Sabahi Kirtan include
Amarjit Kaur, Sher Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Bhai Jagmohan Singh, Bhai Gurdarshan Singh, Bhai Mahaveer Singh, Bhai Hari Singh etc.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Morning Dewan
8.00 am – 10.15 am – Kirtan “Asa Ki Vaar” by Jagmohan Singh

Evening Dewan
7.15 pm – 8.00 pm – Rehraas Paath Bhai Harmohan Singh
8.00 pm – 8.30 pm – Bhai Jagmohan Singh
8.30 pm – 9.15 pm – Bhai Inder jit Singh ‘Alankari’
9.30 pm onwards – Professional Fire Works

Celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas at GNFA Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

Please join us on Tuesday evening November 13, 2012.  The program is as follows

  • 7:30 PM Rehraas
  • Kirtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh & Harmohan Singh
  • Kirtan Bhai Sital Singh Ji Alankari
  • Kirtan Bhai Sarabjit Singh Ji Rangila (Durg Wale)

What is Bandi Chhor Divas?
Bandi Chorr Diwas is a day on which Guru Hargobind Sahib, the sixth Guru, was released with 52 Rajas from Gwalior Prison.   The word “Bandi”, translated from Punjabi into English as “Imprisoned” (or “Prisoner”), “Chhor” as “Release,” and “Divas” as “Day,” rendering “Bandi Chhor Divas” from Punjabi into English as “Prisoners’ Release Day.”

Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali are not the same
Following his release, Guru Hargobind Sahib arrived in Amritsar in the midst of the Diwali festival, and hence, Bandi Chhor Divas is often associated with Diwali.  Noting this however, Bandi Chhor Diwas and Diwali are separate festivals and do not occur on the same day.  Diwali is a Hindu festival known as “the festival of lights”.  It was under celebration when Guru Ji reached Amritsar.

Please join the Saad Sangat to celebrate this event.

Prakash Utsav of Guru Ram Das Ji – 4th Nanak – Sunday, October 7, 2012

Guru Ram Das JiGuru Nanak Foundation of America will be celebrating the birth-anniversary of Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Guru of Sikhism.  The celebration will occur on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

We are fortunate to have the Jatha of Bhai Gurbaksh Singh “Shaant”, our visiting Raagis for the month of October 2012.  He will be performing Kirtan from 12:30 to 1:15 PM during the Sunday diwan.

A Brief History of Guru Ram Das Ji
Guru Ram Das (Friday October 9 1534 – Saturday 16 September 1581) was the fourth Guru of Sikhism.  He became Guru in September 1574 following the third Guru, Guru Amar Das Ji. Guru Ram Das’ original name was Bhai Jetha.  Ram Das means ‘servant of God’.

Guru Ram Das Ji was married to Bibi Bhani Ji (daughter of Guru Amar Das). Together, they had three sons: Prithi Chand Ji, Mahadev Ji and Arjan Sahib Ji. Prior to Guru Ram Das ji’s death, his youngest son became the next Guru – Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

When he was became the fourth Guru Ram Das shifted to Ramdaspur  the holy colony which later developed and became the centre of the Sikh faith.  The city is now known as Amritsar.  The foundation of Ramdaspur was laid in 1577 by Guru Ram Das when he inaugurated the digging of the holy tank Amritsar (amrit = nectar, sar = pool) on a piece of land which was acquired during the time of Guru Amar Das.

The Guru Granth Sahib contains 688 Hymns from Guru Ram Das.  Guru Ji’s Bani is also part of the daily prayers of the Sikhs specifically, Rehras Sahib and Kirtan Sohila.  Guru Ram Das Ji also composed the Sikh marriage ceremony, the Anand Karaj, a four Lawan (stanza) hymn.

Special Kirtan Darbar – “Joti Jot” Gurpurab of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji – October 21, 2012 [Updated]

Guru Gobind SinghGNFA will be conducting a special Kirtan Darbar focused on the  “Joti Jot” Gurpurab of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Participating in this Darbar will be visiting Jathas of Bhai Laxman Chela Ram ji and Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Shaant.

The program will be conducted on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 12.15 pm to 1.15 pm as highlighted in the image below.  Click on the image for a larger view.


A brief summary of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s life
Guru Gobind Singh ji (Friday, January 5, 1666 – Thursday, 21 October, 1708) was the son of Guru Teg Bahadur, was born as “Gobind Rai”.  Guru Gobind Singh ji was tenth and last human form Guru of Sikhism.

He became Guru on November 24, 1675 at the age of 9.  He left his human form at the age of 42 at Nanded, which is commonly referred to as ‘Abichal nagar’ by the Sikhs.  Nanded is located in the state of Maharashtra in central India.

Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazoor Sahib now marks the location where Guru Gobind Singh ji held camp in 1708 and it is the location where Guru Gobind Singh ji proclaimed that Sri Guru Granth Sahib as the everlasting Guru of the Sikhs.

What is Joti Jot?
When referring to the death of the Sikh gurus, the term ‘Joti Jot’ is commonly used.  The literal meaning of this term is “light joining another light” with context implying that one’s human light or soul is joined to the light of the Supreme light, Waheguru.

Guru Granth Sahib Pehla Prakash Utsav Friday August 31 and Sunday Sep 2 2012

Please join us for these special Gurpurab Diwans

Friday,  August 31, 2012

Rehraas Sahib                                 7:30 – 8 PM

Kirtan Bhai Jugmohan Singh Ji      8 – 8:30 PM

Katha by Bhai Tarji Singh Ji            8:30- 9 PM

Samapti and Langar                         9:15 PM

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sukhmani Sahib Paath                                          6:30 – 7:30 AM

Asa Di Vaar – Kirtan Bhai Jugmohan Singh Ji    8 – 10 AM

Paath and Kirtan GNFA youth                             10:30 – 12 PM

Kirtan Bhai Jugmohan Singh Ji                           12 – 12:30 PM

Katha by Bhai Tarji Singh Ji                                 12:30- 1 PM

Samapti and Langar                                              1:15 PM

Parkash Purab Sri Guru Har Krishan Sahib ji Wednessday, Friday and Sunday 18, 20 and 22 July 2012

(Wednesday, July 18, 2012)

Paath  Rehraas Sahib ——————————————————————  7:30 – 8:00 pm

Kirtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh Harmohan Singh ji —————— 8:00 – 8:30pm

Kirtan Bhai Dharam Singh ji ——————————————————– 8:30 – 9:15 pm

Kirtan Bhai Narayan Parkash Singh Ji (Grandson of Sant Sujaan Singh ji) — 8:30- 9:15 pm

Friday Diwan, July 20, 2012

Rehraas Sahib Paath——————————————————————-  7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Kirtan by Bhai Jagmohan Singh Harmohan Singh ji ———— 8:00 pm – 8:25pm

Kirtan Bhai Dharam Singh ji ——————————————————– 8:25 – 8:50 pm

Kirtan Bhai Mahinder Singh ji —————————————————— 8:50 – 9:05 pm

Katha Mahant Kahn Singh ji head sewa panthi samprada — 9:05 – 9:30 pm


Sunday Diwan, July 22, 2012

 Sukhmani Sahib Paath————————————————————-  6:00 am- 7:30 am

Kirtan Sri Asa ji di Vaar Bhai Jagmohan Singh Harmohan Singh ji —8:00 am -10:00am

Nitnem and Kirtan by GNFA youth —————————————— 10:00 am-10:15am

Kirtan by Bhai Jagmohan Singh Harmohan Singh ji  ——– 12:00 pm- 12:30pm

Kirtan by Bhai Dharam Singh ji ———————————————— 12:30 pm- 1:00 pm

Samapti ——————————————————————————————-   1:30pm

Prakash Utsav Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji July 4, 2012

Special Dewan for celebrating the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib ji will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Bhai Baljeet Singh will be joining in the special dewan as per program below:

Rehras Sahib ji                                     – 7.30 to 8.00 pm

Kirtan by Bhai Jagmohan Singh ji     – 8.00 to 8.30 pm

Kirtan by Bhai Baljeet Singh ji          – 8.30 to 9.00 pm

Kirtan by Bhai Dharam Singh ji       – 9.00 to 9.30 pm

Ardas & Bhog                                       – 9.30 pm

Guru Arjan Dev Ji Shaheedi Diwas Friday June 15 and Sunday June 17, 2012

Please join us for programs Scheduled below

Friday  June 15

  • 6:00 AM           Akhand Path Begin
  • 7:30-8:00PM Path  Rehraas Shahib
  • 8:00-8:30PM Kirtan Bhai Jugmohan Singh Ji
  • 8:30-9:00PM Kirtan Bhai Paramjeet Singh Ji
  • 9:00-9:30PM Katha Bhai Bhupinder Singh Ji Maskeen
  • 9:30PM            Samapti and Langar

Sunday  June 17

  •  6:00 AM Bhog Sri Akhand Path
  • 6:00-7:30AM Path Sukhmani Sahib
  • 8:00-10:00 AM Kirtan Asa Di Vaar – Bhai Jugmohan Singh Ji
  • 10:30-12:00AM Nitnem & Kirtan – GNFA Khalsa School Youth/Kids
  • 12:00-12:25PM Kirtan Bhai Jugmohan Singh Ji
  • 12:25-12:50PM Kirtan Bibi Amarjeet Kaur Ji
  • 12:50-1:15PM Kirtan Bhai Paramjeet Singh Ji
  • 1:15-1:40PM Katha Bhai Bhupinder Singh Ji Maskeen
  • 1:40PM            Samapti and Langar


Guru Amar Das Prakash Purab May 23 2012

Sadh Sangat Ji

Please join us as we celebrate Prakash Purab of Our 3rd Guru on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:15 PM

Prakash Utsav Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and Guru Angad Dev Ji, Apr 18 2012

Guru Piyari Sadh Sangat Ji. Please Join us for Gurpurab Divan on Wedneday April 18, 2012.  Details of the program are as follows:

Rehraas Sahib                                                                                   7:30 – 8:00
Krtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh Bhai Harmohan Singh Ji                      8:00 – 8:30
Kirtan Bhai Jaswinder Singh Ji Hazoori Ragi Dukh Niwaran Patiala 8:30 – 9:15
Samapti                                                                                              9:15

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