DALLAS, TX (TIP):With tremendous joy and celebration Sikhs inaugurated a new Gurdwara in Irving, Texas, April 13, their collective birthday. Though the Sikh philosophy dates back to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the First Master of the Sikhs who was born on April 15, 1469, the present form of the Sikhs was bestowed by the Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh on April 13, 1699. The day of Vaisakhi is celebrated as the day of creation of Khalsa all over the world by nearly 27 million Sikhs. Sikhism is the fifth largest religion of the world.
Over 400 people attended the historic event which included hoisting of a new flag (Nishan Sahib Seva), Shabad Kirtan (religious hymn singing), Nagar Kirtan (the 16th annual DFW Khalsa Parade), and outdoor community kitchen (free food) on a beautiful sunny day. The inauguration coincided with the Khalsa Day celebrations and hence the spirit and colors of the Khalsa were evident and added to the great significance of the occasion.
The event was attended by leaders of all faith traditions who offered blessings and prayers in their own religious traditions. Represented were the Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Orthodox Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i,Wicca, and Jewish leaders.
The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry officially recognized the Inauguration with a proclamation. The Mayor of Irving, Honorable Beth Van Duyne, also issued a proclamation declaring April 13 as “Khalsa Day” in the city. The Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd and Irving mayor Pro Tem Gerald Farris spoke at the event. “It was our desire that our brothers and sisters from all faiths will join us in prayers at the inauguration of this Gurdwara and, by Wageguru’s grace, this desire has been full-filled today” said Harbhajan Singh Virdee, one of the organizers of the event.