Sunday October 20, 2019

Sikhism in Fiji: Samabula Sikh Temple

Soul is on loan from God, who is ever merciful, and the follower must dedicate their life to all good causes - to help make this life more worthwhile

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Inside view of a Sikh temple, Wikimedia commons

Sikhs (belonging to Sikhism community) came to Fiji between 1879 and 1916. Unlike Fiji’s Indian population (most of which are descendants of Indian indentured labourers), Sikhs in Fiji comprised mostly of free immigrants (such as teachers, policemen etc). Sikhs in Fiji are commonly referred as Punjabis.

  • Sikhism is a religion which worships only one god. Originating in Punjab region (sub-continental India), it was formed during 15th The term Sikhism originated from Sikh which was taken from a Sanskrit word Shisya (meaning a disciple) or shiska (meaning instruction). Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world.
  • One of the philosophies of this religion (as mentioned in the holy text of Guru Granth Sahib) is that “soul is on loan from God, who is ever merciful, and the follower must dedicate their life to all good causes – to help make this life more worthwhile.”
Sikhism in India, Wikimedia commons
Sikhism in India, Wikimedia commons
  • There are several Gurdwaras established in Fiji in mainly Sikh concentrated regions. Along with worship, these Gurdwaras also provide food and shelter to the poor and needy.
  • The first Sikh temple was built in Samabula (near Suva), Fiji in 1922. Commonly known as Samabula Sikh Temple, it fulfilled the needs of poor Sikh migrants.
  • This spiritual heritage site which comes under the National Trust of Fiji is now expected to undergo a major restoration. Though there were several extension works done earlier but this will be the first major renovation work which will be carried out.

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  • More than Half a million dollars is the projected cost as estimated by one of the secretaries Haridayal Singh Rana. Members of the temple (both from Fiji and abroad) will provide assistance in this major refurbishment.
  • Presently many Sikhs have migrated from Fiji to western regions especially to the United States.

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Pritam is  a 3rd year engineering student in B.P. Poddar institute of management and technology, Kolkata.Twitter @pritam_gogreen

 

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Rajdhani Express To Display Odisha’s Art, Culture And Heritage

Odisha's art, culture and heritage will be on display on the exteriors of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express

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NALCO will sponsor high-quality designs on vinyl wrapping sheets to drape the Rajdhani trains. Wikimedia Commons

Odisha’s art, culture and heritage will be on display on the exteriors of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) and National Aluminium Limited Company (NALCO) on Monday signed an agreement in this regard.

NALCO will sponsor high-quality designs on vinyl wrapping sheets to drape the Rajdhani trains. The ECoR has three sets of train rakes of Rajdhani Express.

The designs have been made such that each coach will have a distinct display. The designs will adorn the exteriors of the train, said an ECoR official.

The designs will promote three themes – dance forms, archaeological monuments and flora and fauna of the state.

“This will go a long way in promoting tourism potential of Odisha and promote traditional Odishan art,” said Ajoy Behera, ECoR principal chief commercial manager.

Odisha, art, culture, heritage, Rajdhani Express
The designs will promote three themes – dance forms, archaeological monuments and flora and fauna of the state. Wikimedia Commons

These designs will be placed between the glass windows of the coach on exterior side. There will be two more strips, one at the top and the other at the bottom, reflecting various designs in traditional Pattachitra form.

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Nalco’s designs and logos will also feature on the coaches. Reputed designers and agencies have been engaged in the exercise. (IANS)