Indianapolis, April 10 : Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared April 2019 as a 'Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month' and the National Sikh Heritage Month, a statement said.
The Proclamation was issued at the time of 320th Sikh Baisakhi since founding of Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab (India) on March 30, 1699, according to a longtime Indiana resident and interfaith leader Kanwal Prakash Singh.
"We join in celebrating this enlightened message : Being people of faith and created in God’s Immaculate image: May we imitate God’s boundless compassion, generosity, and forgiveness as an affirmation of spiritual lessons learned; serve Life with humility and joyous gratitude; honor our uncommon universal God-Spirit that showers blessings upon all, without limit and distinction,'' said KP Singh.
"The purpose of the Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity for the Hoosier Sikhs to spread awareness and greater understanding about the Sikh Faith, culture and traditions. This is the first year the Indiana Sikhs have received the Proclamation which also coincides with the 550th Guru Purab (Birthday celebration of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev) who preached selfless love, peace, equality and dignity of all mankind," Chirjeev Kaur Oberoi (Sikh Satsang Program Coordinator Board Member, Center for Interfaith Cooperation) said.
The statement further said, "The State of Indiana recognises and acknowledges the holiest Sikh holiday Vaiskhi on April 14, 2019 as National Sikh Day and month of April as National Sikh Heritage Month.''
One million Sikhs are living in US and an estimated 10,000 Sikhs living in Indiana. The Sikhs have been living in US for over 100 year and Indiana for over 50 years. Indiana is home to about 3,500 Sikh-owned businesses and Sikhs provide significant contributions and continued service throughout the country.
Leaders of various Gurdwaras and organisations were present at the Statehouse to receive this historic Proclamation on April 2, 2019.
Among them were Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Sikh Educational and Camp Cultural Society, Indianapolis, Gurdwara Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib ,Greenwood, Gurdwara Gur Nanak Darbar, Indianapolis, Sikh Society of Indiana, Indianapolis, Guru Nanak Sikh Society, Indianapolis, Gurdwara Jot Amrit Parkash, Fishers and Sant Prem Singh Seva Society, Indianapolis. (UNI)