Q.1 When was Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji born ? Also give details of His family?
Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji was born on the 22nd of Nov. 1920 A.D., 8 Maghar Vikrami Samvat 1977 during the early hours of Monday morning at Sri Bhaini Sahib.
Father: Satguru Partap Singh Ji Maharaj, Mother: Mata Bhupinder Kaur Ji, Wife: Mata Chand Kaur (after the expiry of Mata Rajinder Kaur), Daughter: Bibi Sahib Kaur.
Q.2 From whom did Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji receive the Naam?
Sant Aala Singh Ji.
Q.3 Who gave the formal education to Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji?
a. He got his early education of learning the Gurmukhi alphabets from his father, Satguru Pratap Singh Ji, who used to teach him by writing on a woodentakhti.( board).
b .Master Balwant Singh Ji.
Q.4 Who were the Ustaads (in Classical Music) of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji?
1. Sri Satguru Partap Singh Ji
2. Ustad Harnam Singh Ji “Chawinde Wale”
3. Ustad Udho Khan Ji
4. Ustad Rahim Bakhash Ji
5. Bhai Taba Ji
6. Bhai Nasir Ji
Q.5 When was Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji enthroned?
H.H. Satguru Ji was enthroned on sixth of Bhadon, Vikrami Samvat 2016 i.e. August 22, 1959 A.D.
Q.6 The importance of Naam Simran and Gurbani was always the prime focus of Satguru Ji’s sermons – what is a must for a Namdhari?
He stressed that everyone should meditate with Naam-simran for at least one hour a day & recite one complete paath (reading) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib or Sri Dasam Granth Sahib once in a month by each family.
Q.7 When did Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji start the regular 24/7 Jap Prayog at Sri Bhaini Sahib?
Regular Jap Paryog was started, at Sri Bhaini Sahib in 1987 A.D.
Q.8 Why was the “Gopal Rattan” award presented to Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji?
The “Gopal Rattan” award was presented to Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji for his selfless services rendered for the upkeep and protection of cows, by a semi-govt. organisation known as Go-Samvardhan Samiti.
Q.9 When and where did Satguru Jagjit Singh ji constitute the Namdhari Vidyak Jatha ?
Satguru Jagjit Singh ji constituted the Namdhari Vidyak Jatha on 16th of Bhadon Vikrami Samvat 2019 i.e. on Ist September 1962 A.D. It is presently known as Vishav Namdhari Vidyak Jatha.
Thirty nine annual sessions of the Boys Wing of Namdhari Vidhyak Jatha and twenty three sessions of the Ladies Wing were held under the pious presence of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. In these sessions, Members of the Jatha from all over the world assemble at one place to participate in various competitions and compete with each other for the top positions. Since 1996 A.D., around 40 Gurmat Sikhlai Samagams (zonal Training Camps) have been held (so far) .
Q.10 When and why was the first Gurmat Sammelan held ?
To follow and implement the commandments and teachings of Sri Satguru Ji, the first sammelan was held at Sri Bhaini Sahib in the presence of H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7 1991 A.D.
Q.11 When and where was the second Gurmat Sammelan held ?
The second Samellan was also held at Sri Bhaini Sahib from Sep. 30 to Oct. 02 (1992 A.D.) in the presence of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.
Q.12 What was the Namdhari Istri Vidyak Jatha?
At first some girls used to participate in the annual sessions of the boys, but in 1982 A.D., a separate Namdhari Istri Vidyak Jatha, came into existence by the order of H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh.
Q.13 What are the aims and objectives of the Vishwa Namdhari Vidhyak Jatha?
The main objective of the Vishwa Namdhari Vidyak Jatha is to organize the Namdhari youth and spread the teachings of Sri Satguru Ji and imbibe the spirit of Sikhism in them. It also provides a platform to Namdhari youth where they can express and show their capabilities in various fields.
Q.14 How many series of the Bhogs of Sawa-lakh paths (Recitation of Adi Sri Granth Sahib for One Lac Twenty Five Thousand times) were completed under the pious presence of Satguru Jagjit Singh?
The first series (started by Satguru Partap Singh Ji) was completed by Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.The Second one was completed in 1974 A.D. and the 3rd series was completed in 1997 A.D. The fourth series is in continuation. All this is being done to expedite the return (home-coming) of Satguru Ram Singh Ji who was banished from India by the British rulers.
Q.15 During Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji guruship, when and where were Hawan Yagnas of the Chandi-di-Vaar performed ?
- A huge Hawan Yagna in which Sava-lakh path (i.e. one lac twenty five thousand paaths of Chandi di Vaar were recited round the clock) was performed in 1980 A.D. at Sri Bhaini Sahib
- The second Hawan Yagna was performed in 1999 A.D. in the month of September.
Q.16 What steps have been taken by Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji for the promotion of sports ?
Since His childhood, Sri Satguru Ji has have a great interest in games. He, Himself used to actively participate in wrestling, races, cycling, swimming, football, volleyball and hockey etc. Till recently, His Holiness used to play Badminton daily.
Q.17 Narrate in a few words, the achievements of Namdharis in the field of sports?
In 1974 A.D., some Namdhari youths were sent for training at the NIS. Patiala where the selection officer refused to train them in their Namdhari Uniform. Soon after, His Holiness made up His mind to train the Namdhari youth in accordance with the Namdhari tradition.
At first, coaching was started in Guru Hari Singh Maha Vidyala at Sri Jeevan Nagar. Now by the grace of Satguru Ji, loud cheers welcome the Namdhari Team everywhere whenever they enter the hockey field. Their good performance has won them many trophies as well as reputation from all quarters.
Namdhari badminton players have played the national level games.
Shahid Bishan Singh Memorial School, New Delhi has won laurels in skating on the eve of Republic Day celebrations which take place in the presence of the President and the Prime Minister of India.
Q.18 What steps have been taken by Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji for the promotion of Classical Music among the Namdhari Youths?
Satguru Ji, being a accomplished artist in the field of classical music himself, has made such arrangements that the young generation of Namdharis should also be topper in their respective fields of Classical Music. The services of highly qualified ustads (professional teachers) have been acquired for this purpose. H.H. Himself takes interest in training the children. Satguru Partap Singh Ji had started a Sangeet Vidyala ( ClassicalMusicSchool) in 1928 A.D. at Sri Bhaini Sahib for the same purpose. Now, many Namdhari boys and girls are capable of playing Sitar, Tabla, Sarod, Sarangi, Dilruba, Taar-Shehnai, Santoor and Flute etc.
Q.19 What developments have taken place under the spiritual guidance of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji ?
Keeping in mind the changing needs, old structures are being demolished and new structures are coming up. The details are as follows.
- Gole Mandir has been rebuilt. The memorial has a majestic look, now.
- Hari Mandir – Built in the memory of Satguru Hari Singh Ji, it had a thatched roof earlier which was pulled down and a new structure of 80 feet x 80 feet was built. It is ventilated for both the hot summers and cold winters in Sri bhaini Sahib. Small wedding ceremonies are held here. The daily kirtan of Asa-di-var is carried on in the early hours of morning whereas one-hour Naam-Simran is also done daily in the afternoons following by kirtan recited by Hazoori Raagis. This building has once again been extended and renovated to accommodate more persons at a time.
- Ram Sarowar – This is a an ancient natural source of holy water. After the deportation of Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, some residents of Sri Bhaini Sahib, who were averse to Satguru Ji, had at that time complained to the Govt. authorities that this land belonged to the village and not to Satguru Ji. At that time, while digging this place, a triangular Hawan Kund ( a vessel meant for conducting Hawan) along with burnt charcoal had been excavated in the presence of a British Government official.Sri Satguru Hari Singh Ji showed these remnants and told the official that this land belonged to His Holiness since the times of Bhagwan Sri Ram Chandra Ji. It is now an octagonal white marbled wonder with nine wells in the deep centre.
- Partap Mandir is majestic in every respect. Its hall is 228 feet long and 184 feet wide. It has been built without giving any support or pillars in between. At the time of its completion, it was the largest pillar-less hall in Asia. Satguru Partap Singh Academy is housed here which imparts education upto 12th standard.
- Cemetery: Generally, people are afraid of visiting cemeteries but this place (at Sri Bhaini Sahib) beautified as per the directions of H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, is worth seeing. It has been landscaped beautifully with grass,trees and flowers. A modem furnace has been built here for cremation purpose which consumes one-third wood as compared to traditional cremation wood-consumption. In the eastern part of this place, there is a Nature Cure Clinic which treats patients with natural things such as water and mud.
- Vishrampura (Huts): In Thailand, there are separate residential colonies for monks. On the same pattern, but with better facilities, small huts have been constructed with attached bathrooms and toilets. This place is reserved for the retired literary or saintly persons who want peaceful area where they can pursue their activities without any disturbance. The colony is worth seeing.
- Gole-mandir: This marble building has a unique hall with eight entrances and is surrounded with trees and flowers. Satguru Partap Singh had spent his last moments here. It is now used for conducting Paths.
- Tap Asthan : Satguru Partap Singh Ji used to worship here. It has been given a new look and style. It is a rectangular marbled building with a thatched roof. The open marbled platform outside it is used for conducting Hawans etc.
- Guest Houses : These buildings awaits to welcome the pilgrims who come from far away places.
- Birdh Shala : These old-age-homes have been built to look after the old and sick men and women who are unable to attend themselves. Here they are treated and served with earnest care by some young men and women volunteer servants.
- Langar (Free Kitchen) : Satguru Ram Singh Ji had started this free Kitchen in 1857 A.D. It has been serving people round the clock non-stop since then. A beautiful and large hall has been built for distributing the langar. This complex serves the people during the annual fairs also. A second langar hall is also being built nearby. The surrounding area has been beautifully landscaped. A modern toilet complex and a modem grain godown facility have been built on the right and left of the Ram Mandir respectively.
- Ram Mandir : Satguru Ram Singh Ji used to sit and meditate here.The old structure has been recently pulled down and a new structure is coming up which has been designed to give it a majestic look.It is a high double-storey round shaped building with a central dome and a steel Khanda atop it.
- Cattle Shed : A Cattle Shed also exists here which houses variety of cows and bulls. The cows are of high milk-yielding variety (Sahiwal and Haryana). They cater to the daily milk requirement of Gurdwara Sri Bhaini Sahib.
- Flour Mill: It was started by Satguru Hari Singh Ji. The complex has been kept in good condition near the granary. A new and modern flour mill is in operation behind the new langar hall.
- Akal Bunga : The place where Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji used to meditate is worth seeing. Keeping the old structure intact, a new complex has been built around it to preserve the sanctity of the place.
- Namdhari Sports Academy: The Namdhari Hockey Eleven is known far and wide for its young talented players and good hockey skills . A new junior team is also being groomed for the future and they are being provided all the modem facilities to transform them into good players.
- Stadium : An Indoor Sports stadium has been built where number of sports activities take place round the year. A new and modern Astro Turf Hockey Complex has also been made near the indoor stadium.
- Sangeet Kola Kendar : Started by Satguru Partap Singh Ji, it is also on the road of progress in all respects. The tutors are well tranied here. It is the place where all the young and upcoming classical musicians are groomed by well-trained Ustaads.
- Telephone Exchange : A tele -communication Exchange has also been established here.
Q.20 Describe the progress made in the field of publications and periodicals during the time of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.
The weekly ‘Satjug’ is being published since 1920 A.D., but its present shape and style is praise-worthy. The weekly at present, is being published from Delhi. Its annual editions are rich in literary matter. Every year, a couple of new books are being published by Namdhari Darbar which presents new authors and different reading material before the Sangat. Several daily as well as weekly newspapers and magazines are also receiving liberal financial help from Sri Satguru Ji.
Q.21 Describe in detail the activities of the Namdhari Vidyak Jatha?
By the grace of Satguru Ji, the Vidyak Jathas are functioning with full zeal across the world. Seventy five units of the boys-wing, located across the globe, and fifty units of the girls-wing are functioning in order to receive the blessings of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. Apart from holding Annual Sammelans ( conferences), Zonal Gurmat Sikhlai Samagams are also held which are one day functions meant for training the younger generation so that they are ever- ready to peform their religious duties. In these functions, they are trained for performing Ardas (Daily Prayer), Naam Simran (Meditation), Dastar (Turban Tying), public speaking etc.
Q.22 What has been done to build the memorials in the memory of Shaheed Singhs ( Kuka Martyrs)?
With the graceful blessings of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, S. Beant SinSh Chief Minister, Punjab initiated steps for making the memorials for Kuka Martyrs at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Raikot and Maler Kotla.The Kuka Memorial trust was constituted for this purpose whose chairman is the chief minister of Punjab. Its trustees include many Namdharis, prominent and most active among them being Sant Surinder Singh Namdhan who has been tirelessely making efforts for the early completion of these memorials. First of all, the memorial at Malerkotla has been completed where half a million pound sterling have been spent on landscaping and buildings. Here, a three- dimensional sixtysix feet high khanda (double edged sword) has been constructed in such a design that it looks like a double edged sword from all the angles alike. Here a Museum and a Library Hall have been built along with a hall for holding small functions. The whole area has been beautifully landscaped which rivals some of the famous parks in India.The land for other memorials has also been acquired at Ludhiana, Raikot and Amritsar and taken under the control Kuka Martyr Memorials Trust.
Q.23 Give information about Namdhari Seeds ?
Under the divine guidance of Satgutu Jagjit Singh Ji , (Thakur) Satguru Udai Singh Ji , worked very hard to setup and promote a private company called Namdhari Seeds which is located at about 35 Kilometers from Bangalore City in Southern India. Starting from a 186 Acre farm in Bidadi, Bangalore , it has grown into a multi-national company with multimillion dollar turnover with branches spread in major cities the world. It also setup an ultra modern facility to process seeds as well as a packing facility for exporting fresh organic vegetables to U.K. and other European countries. It is the highest ranking seeds company in India.
Q.24 H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji conferred many award. Who were the first persons to be conferred with the Panth Rattan Award?
Master Nihal Singh and Sant Ananta Singh were conferred the honour of ‘Panth Rattan’ in the Hola Mohalla fair in Delhi in 1985 A.D. and Suba Ganda Singh and Sant Waryam Singh Mussavar in 1986 A.D. in Delhi.
Q.25 With which award, Pandit Gopal Singh Ji was honoured?
H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji conferred the honour of ‘GyanMartand’ on Pandit Gopal Singh Ji in the Hola-Mohalla at Sri Bhaini Sahib
Q.26 Give information on Smriti Mandir?
The Simriti Mandir was built under the holy guidance of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. It is 228 feet x 184 feet in area.
Q.27 What significance does the 26 Visakh, Vikrami Samvat 2054 hold in Namdhari Sect?
On this day, Sri Satguru Partap Singh Ji (while leaving Sri Jiwan Nagar) had given a hint of His successor – Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.
Q.28 Where was the 30th Vidyak sammelan held?
Under the patronage of H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji this was at Sri Bhaini Sahib.
Q.29 Whose efforts are commendable in getting the Kuka Martyrs memorial sites being allotted to the Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust?
By the gracious blessings of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, S. Beant Singh C.M. Punjab (who was also the Chairman of the Kuka Martyrs Memorial Trust) and Sant Surinder Singh Namdhari of Ludhiana have been greatly instrumental.
Q.30 How many Holas have been held under the helm of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji’?
Forty One Holas have been held till now under the helm of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji .
Q.31 What is the order of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh ji about the English Dress ( Pant, Shirt and Tie) ?
Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji says that this dress (Pant, Shirt & Tie) is of that English Empire which had drunk the blood of our forefathers. The Britishers had brutally tortured the Indians (especially, the Namdhari Sikh Community who had most serverally rebelled and revolted against the British Rulers)during their reign over India for about 200 years.Hence, we should discard it altogether. ( It is the sign of our slavery).
Q.32 Name the recipients of “Ashirwaad Puraskaar”?
As per the wishes of His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, the Ashirwaad Puraskaar was started in A.D. 1994 during the Annual Vidyak Sammellan held at Chandigarh. In that year, it was bestowed upon two Sikhs namely, Sant Surinder Singh Ji and Sant Dalip Singh Ji . Subsequently, various Namdhari personalities who have served Satguru Ji during their life have been honoured with this award including Sant Jagdish Singh Ji Waryam and Master Nihal Singh Ji. In the year A.D. 2000,this award was bestowed upon Mahant Santokh Singh Ji of ‘Shaheedi Samarak’ Malerkotla and in the year A.D. 2001, it was awarded to Sant Ajit Singh Amroha who is serving at Sri Bhaini Sahib.
Q.33 How did the Namdharis participate in the Tercentenary Celebrations of the Khalsa in the Year A.D. 1999?
On 28th of March , A.D. 1999 (Sunday) , a huge gathering of Namdhari Sikhs clad in white dastar, kurta pyjamas (about 50,000 ) who had come by countless number of cars, trucks, buses, tractor-trolleys,motorcycles, scooters; under the divine leadership of His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji took out a huge procession starting in the morning from Sri Bhaini Sahib to Anandpur Sahib. It took six hours to cover the 100 Km route and when the procession reached there, the whole of Anandpur Sahib appeared like a sea of white turbans.
Q.34 When was the ‘Satguru Ram Singh Chair’ established at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar?
In compliance with the wishes of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, the then Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Parkash Singh Badal ordered the establishment of ‘Satguru Ram Singh Chair’ at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. The Chair was established on Dec. 22 A.D. 1999 (Monday) by Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. The main purpose of the Chair is to do research-work on Satguru Ram Singh Ji and the Namdhari Movement and award PhD’s (Degree of Philosophy) to students who happen to complete a thesis on any subject related to the Chair’s objectives.
Q.35 Who laid the foundation stone of Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital at Ludhiana and when?
To fulfill the wishes of Satguru Partap Singh Ji, Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji ordered his Sikhs to build a world class hospital in Ludhiana. The foundation stone of the hospital was laid on Oct. 28, 2000 A.D. by Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. On this auspicious occasion, many leading personalities of India like (Late) Sant Waryam Singh Ji Ratwara Sahib, the then Home Minister of India Mr. L.K. Advani, the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mr. Farooq Abdullah had participated in the function.The hospital is now complete and shall be run by the Apollo Management of the Apollo Hospitals Group. This hospital is a multi-speciality hospital where world-class facilities are installed to give top of the line treatment to the patients.
Q.36 When was the ‘ Sangeet Sammellan’ organised at Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital?
This Sangeet Sammellan was organised on March 05, 2004 A.D. under the kind patronage of H.H. Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji.
Q.37 When did the Durgyana Mandir Committee (Amritsar) honour His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji?
On February 18, 1999.
Q.38 Who was the first person honoured with ‘ Bhai Mastan Singh Award’?
Bibi Narinder Kaur of Sri’Bhaini Sahib was honoured with this award on the auspicious occasion of Holla Mohalla celebrations.
Q.39 When did Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji lay the foundation stone of Kranti Kari Mandir, the shrine of Satguru Ram Singh Ji?
Sri Satguru Ji laid the foundation stone of the new Kranti Kari Mandir on February 12, 2002 A.D.
Q.40 Who was honoured with ‘Sahit Rattan Award. and when?
Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji honoured Prof. Kirpal Singh Kasel with Sahit Rattan Award on March 19, 2003 A.D. at Sri Bhaini Sahib.
Q.41 With which award Sri Satguru Ji honoured Sant Pritam Singh Kavi?
Sri Satguru Ji honoured Sant Pritam Singh ‘Kavi’ with ‘Sahit Rattan’ Award on Oct. 15,2002 A.D. at Sri Bhaini Sahib.
Q.42 With which award Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji honoured Sant Balkar Singh (Ex-Personal Assitant to Satguru Ji)?
Satguru Ji honoured Sant Balkar Singh with ‘Sant Attar Singh Mohnian’ Award on March 20, 2003 A.D. at Sri Bhaini Sahib
Q.43 Which documentary film gave a biographical sketch of His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji? Who is its producer?
‘Sarab Kala Samrath’ is the name of this documentary film. It has been produced by Sant Taranjit Singh. It is a fine documentary covering the whole lifespan of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji in which the best aspects of film-making have been incorporated with the highest professional standards.
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