Amendment 2023 Passes by Punjab Assembly for free telecast of Gurbani from Golden Temple

Gurbani refers to the sacred writings and compositions found in the Guru Granth Sahib, the central religious scripture of Sikhism. It is considered the living Guru and the spiritual guide for Sikhs. Gurbani consists of hymns, prayers, and teachings of the Sikh Gurus, as well as contributions from other saints and religious figures from various backgrounds.

The Guru Granth Sahib contains hymns composed in various languages, including Punjabi, Sanskrit, and Persian, among others. The primary language used in the majority of the hymns is Punjabi, as it was the language spoken in the region where Sikhism originated.

Gurbani is considered a powerful and divine expression of spiritual wisdom and guidance. It covers a wide range of themes, including devotion, morality, ethics, the nature of God, human values, and the path to spiritual enlightenment. The recitation and understanding of Gurbani play a significant role in the spiritual and religious practices of Sikhism.

On Monday, the Punjab Cabinet approved an amendment regarding the British-era Gurdwaras Act,1925. The bill was immediately taken up for discussion by the AAP government but the discussion is not accepted by The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee by saying by 1925 Act is a Central Legislature and can only be modified by parliament. The British-era Sikh Gurdwaras Act of 1925, officially known as the Sikh Gurdwaras Act 1925, was a significant legislation enacted during the colonial period in British India. The act was passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in Delhi and received the royal assent on 9 October 1925.

The Sikh Gurdwaras Act 1925 was enacted to address the management and administration of gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) in Punjab and other parts of British India. Prior to this act, various Sikh groups and factions were engaged in disputes and conflicts over control and management of gurdwaras.

The act established a centralized body called the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which became the main authority responsible for the governance and management of Sikh gurdwaras. The SGPC was composed of elected representatives and had the authority to supervise gurdwaras, appoint granthis (religious preachers), manage gurdwara funds, and make decisions regarding Sikh religious matters.

On Tuesday, Punjab Assembly passed the Sikh Gurdwaras Amendment,2023 to ensure the free telecast of Gurbani directly from the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Now the broadcast of Gurbani is streaming on PTC which is a private channel and linked to the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Badal Family.