Culture
YATRA OF GURDWARA SRI HEMKUNT SAHIB: THE CHERISHED DREAM OF ALL THE SIKHS

 Every year lacs and lacs of Sikh pilgrims pay their obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib which is situated in the Himalayas in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State of India at a height of about 15,210 feet above the sea level. Hemkunt means ‘Receptacle of Ice’.

Allahabad High Court prohibits use of loudspeakers for azaan, only human voice is permitted

The Allahabad High Court has held that azaan, or the Islamic call to ritual prayer, can be recited by a muezzin from minarets of the mosques by human voice only without using any amplifying device or loudspeakers, according to a report in Hindustan Times.

Actor Irrfan Khan dies 53 following cancer

Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan has died after a two-year battle with neuroendocrine tumour. The news left his legion of fans shocked and distressed in India and abroad.

Delhi Police registers FIR against Tablighi Jamaat preacher & others under Epidemic Diseases Act

Among the 1746 participants were 216 foreign nationals from eight countries, some of them have also been infected by coronavirus during their stay at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz.

PAYING OBEISANCE TO SRI GURU AMAR DAS JI

Sri Guru Amar Das Ji was born on Baisakh Sudi 14, 1636 Bikrami i.e. May 5, 1479 at Basarke Gillan village, which is about 13 kms. south-west from Amritsar, in district Amritsar, Punjab. In his fond memory, in this village at his birth place Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan Sri Guru Amar Das Ji has been established. 

SARADHS ARE FORBIDDEN IN SIKH RELIGION

Saradhs also called sharadhs are forbidden in Sikh religion whereas in Hindu religion saradhs are held in memory of the deceased ancestors every year in the month of Asu, the seventh desi month which corresponds to the month of September.

Pakistan’s pre-Islamic history is being separated from its Hindu influence

Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, two of the most popularly recognised cities from this ancient civilisation that sprang up around the rivers of Punjab and the Indus, were the first cities in the world to have a sophisticated sewage system.

Denmark to punish for violating full-face veils ban

Denmark on Thursday became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as “a violation of women’s rights”

Seminarians exhort writers to debate what really is ‘National Identity’?

The larger premise and thought of the seminar is to get writers, poets, thinkers, teachers, journalists, artists and people on a common platform, to discuss, debate, share and think about what really is ‘National Identity’. 

Why do the politicians want to control art, culture, cinema?

A sea of ideas, thoughts, expressions, perspectives, emotions… all found space on stage and amid a large audience, on the concluding day of, ‘Nationalism and Culture, a Dialogue’, a two-day national seminar organised by the Progressive Writers’ Association, Punjab, with the Punjab Arts Council.

Arabic poetic traditions and Awadhi culture are combined in Mir Anees’ marsiyas

As I had grown up hearing Mir Anees’ marsiyas (elegies), I decided on a recent visit to Lucknow to read the Fatiha (first sura or chapter of the Koran) on his grave. The rickshaw took me into a narrow alley near Lucknow’s Akbari Darwaza. 

Pak, Indian poets co-authored book in two scripts Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi

Two poets, Sukhinder Singh who lives in Toronto (Canada) belongs to Ambala Cantt (Haryana)  Indian  and Saleem Pasha of Pakistan's Gujrat released a book, 'Lahoo da Rung' recently . 

Ramzan Fasting enables promotion of spirituality and human excellence

Fasting, during the month of Ramzan, not only serves as annual training for body and soul -- which helps in renewal of life and encourages the spirit of sharing and giving -- it also enables the promotion of spirituality and human excellence.

Sikh children wearing Kirpan denied theme park entry in UK

A Sikh children’s group was denied entry into a UK theme park after an elder accompanying them refused to remove the kirpan, an article of faith for the Sikhs, prompting accusations of religious discrimination

Majestic Alwar City Palace in a state of neglect

In his memoirs Dastan-e-Ghadar, which I have translated from Urdu to English, Zahir Dehlvi — an official in the Mughal court of Bahadur Shah Zafar — paints a beautiful picture of Alwar, its Maharaja and life in the palace as one of his courtiers.