By Gagandeep Ahuja
PATIALA: The dilapidated building of more than 400 year old historical Gurdwara Guru Nanak Math in Kathmandu, Nepal will be preserved and Parkash (installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib) will be done besides implementing of maryada (Sikh code of religious conduct) very soon.
Duabi based Sikh philanthropist and the Managing Trustee of Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust, SP Singh Oberoi has convinced the Nepalese Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattari about it.
Obreroi came here to attend South Asian Punjabi Conference told PTI that “In 1516 when Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited Nepal and Raja Jaya Jagatr Malia donated 5 acre land in Guru Nanak Dev ji the land is still in the name of Guru Nanak”.
He has shown the copies of revenue record in which land was in the name of Guru Nanak. “We have obtained revenue record in which land is still in the name of Guru Nanak and now only 35 Kanal is available and in rest of the place locals has raised the buildings”.
"We don't want Gurdwara land but only the management so that Sikh devotees from world over could visit the historical Gurdwara in Kathmandu and pay obeisance" adding that visiting Nepal would be easier than visiting Pakistan since there was no visa requirement for the Indians.“I am constant in touch with Nepalese Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattari and had many rounds of talks with him regarding it and would meet him in Katmandu next week”.
He informed that very soon they would send Granthi to Gurdwara Guru Nanak Math to implement maryada.
He also disclosed that there was a hand written BIR ( religious scripture) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib , a saroop in Hindi and another in Gurmukhi in the Gurdwara. "it was painful to see that the saroop were lying as a book since there was no Parkash of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the Gurdwara" he said.
He informed that during earlier times the management of Gurdwara was in the hands of Mahant's which were dispatched from Varanasi and Punjab, the present Mahant Neema Muni Uddsasi was the 31st Mahant. The Gurdwara was earlier known with several names such as Charbaksh Sathan, Sangat Bari, Sankha Bari and Guru Nanak Math.
Obrai said that it is the heartfelt desire of Sikhs to conserve the dilapidated building of historical Gurdwara besides constructing a new Gurdwara building , a langar (kitchen) building and 100 room sarai (Inn) for the visiting devotees. Oberoi informed that he had suggested to constitute a committee comprising of prominent Sikhs of Kathmandu, Nepal government representatives besides him for the face lift of the Gurdwara for which he said, Nepal Prime Minister had given his approval.
Notably,First Sikh Guru Nanak Dev had visited Kathmandu in 1516 AD during his 3rd Udasi(Journey). Guru Nanak Dev had stayed first night in the bank of Bishnumati river and began Sangat for Sadhu's. The then Maila king of Nepal Jaya Jagat Malia had donated land in the name of Guru Nanak which is still on the name of Guru Nanak Dev.