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Khalsa Pride-DSGMC turban bank helps Sikhs hold their head high

Girdhari Lal Mahajan | November 24, 2019 01:25 PM

DELHI: Marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak ji,Delhi Sikh  Gurdwara  Managment Committee has started an unique initiative  to motivate Sikh youngsters  to take pride in Turban  which represents Sikh faith and is  core piece of sikh  identity.  

The DSGMC has established first turban bank in the national capital on 2nd November 2019 in famous Gurdwara Bangla Sahib where sikh youngsters who can not afford a turban, can go and get one for themselves on the nominal price of Rs 50/( fifty only) .The bank which became function around  three weeks  ago  and already  500 sikhs have got turbans from it while around 1000 sikhs have donated their turban for this noble cause  out of respect for their religion said Sh Manjinder Singh Sirsa President Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee here today

The  nominal price of Rs 50/- for each turban has been  fixed so as the recipient feels belonging to it  .

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee will set up such turban banks in all 10 historic sikh shrines under its control and will motivate the all sikh institutions like  Singh Sabhas who runs local Gurdwaras  to start this noble initiatives in their respective areas within next one year  in  order to cover top  100 Gurdwara in national capital under the Turban Bank scheme so as to provide turban to the youth at the nearest places of their residence .  The turban  signifies honour, piety, courage, self respect, spirituality  and it is integral to Sikh faith, said Sh Manjinder Singh Sirsa President Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee here today , urging the needy to contact the Turban Bank office at  Gurudwara Bangla Sahib  and get a   turban for nominal amount of Rs 50/-(Fifty only)

The each donated turban is sent for Dye to give it fresh look and the cost of the Dye is borne by DSGMC .A turban donated is made ready for bearing in next two days . The Sikh Community  spread all over National Capital Region  has extended support to this bank and   is deeply committed to making this project successful to promote   vision of divine oneness and social equality

Youngsters are motivated to register themselves for  availing facility of turban bank  .The positive response it has evoked in the last three week will see more turban  banks coming up in NCR areas like Gurgaon , Faridabad , Noida , Ghaziabad, Vaishali etc   in coming months  and DSGMC will provide all assistance to sikh institutions for setting up such banks in their respective areas said Manjinder Singh Sirsa President Delhi   Sikh   Gurdwara Management Committee here today .

The monetary aspect of identifying with one’s Sikh identity was also a compelling factor in setting up and in getting the ‘bank’ up and running. A six metre pagri costs about Rs 600 excluding the tailoring cost he said  .

He said that DSGMC has deployed two sikh intellectuals   to teach mastering the technique of tying Sikh  turban in different ways with  patience and practice  in observance of Sikh faith to younger generations .

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