March 30, 1999
BHUBANESWAR, MARCH 29: Chanting Jo bole so nihal, sat sri akal, about 500 Sikhs from different parts of the State on Sunday set off for Anandpur Sahib in Punjab on the Bhai Himmat Singh Khalsa march from Puri.
State Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang flagged off the march that included 14 vehicles with the beating of Ranjit Nagara, the religious drum of the Sikhs at the Gurydwara Bauli Saheb in Puri. Punjab Technical Education Minister Bibi Upenderjit Kaur, Forest Minister Mohan Lal and Welfare Minister Swaran Singh were also part of the march.
Puri is the birth place of Bhai Himmat Singhji, one of the world’s first five Sikhs or panj piare meaning the five beloved disciples of Sikh Guru Gobind Singhji, 55 km from here. The panj piares, who were first baptised into Sikhism by Guru Govind Singh, are: Bhai Dayaramji from Lahore (Pakistan), Bhai Dharam Ramraiji from Hastinapur (Delhi), Bhai Mohak Ramji from Dwaraka (Gujarat), Bhai Himmat Raiji (Puri) and Bhai Sahib Chandji from Bidar (Karnataka). The Khalsamarches from these places will reach Anandpur Sahib on April 13 to celebrate the 300 years of Khalsa.
According to secretary of the Gurudwara Singh Sabha Bhubaneswar, Gurudev Singh, though there are different versions about the birth places of Bhai Himmat Raiji, the accepted one is that he was born in Puri. However, there were no conclusive proofs available over Himmat Singh being born in Puri, he added.
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Gurudev Singh informed that the Khalsa march will reach Patna on March 31. From Patna, the march will arrive at Anandpur Sahib on April 13 after covering Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. At Anandpur Sahib, lakhs of people will gather on the Baishakhi Day from all over the world to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Khalsa panth.
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