Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara
The arrival of a new Granthi (Priest) at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar at
Medford has energized the congregation - allowing the the management
and community a whole range of added prayer and community development
The new Granthi, Gyani Resham Singh, who holds
post-graduate degrees in classical sangeet, is a world renowned ragi,
and has experience as a Granthi in Gurdwaras worldwide, had his
inaugural kirten and prayer session on Sunday September 18, 2005.
Committee Secretary Gurinder Singh announced plans of the gurdwara to
run kirten, tabla, punjabi language and paath recital classes. "These
classes were previously run by volunteers. Now that we have a qualified
and experienced professional, we will run them regularly and on a
The congregation was impressed with
Gyani Resham's innaugural performance. Members of the community felt
pleased that they finally had a full time and professional Granthi to
take care of their spiritual and cultural needs.
Gurdwara was set up in 1997, and prayer ceremonies have been conducted
by either volunteers or part-timers. Bhai Santokh Singh did the Granthi
services on a part-time contract basis for a few years. Dr. Karminder
Singh did the service from 2001 till 2005, including conducting kirten
and tabla classes. But such part time and voluntary service meant
that the Gurdwara could only open on Sundays during prayer sessions.
"Now the Gurdwara will open regularly on a daily basis," said Temple
President Jaspal Singh. The management is also planning to have
additional prayer sessions on Friday evenings and to hold a number of
Akhand Paaths (continuous 48-hour recitals of the Holy Book).
A member of the sangat, Mandeep Kaur said everyone was extremely
pleased with Gyani Resham Singh's arrival. "We have waited for too
long. The Gurdwara has grown by leaps and bounds all these years. We
even have our own premises. All we needed was a full time professional
Members of the Guru Nanak Darbar Kirten Group,
who are all children and youth, were doubly overjoyed by Gyani Resham's
arrival. "We learnt basic kirten from Dr. Karminder Singh for 4 years.
Now we can continue learning the more complex ragas and taals and
improve ourselves," said Sandeep Kaur.
regular Sunday program starts at 9 am with the recital of Panj Banees
and Sukhmani Sahib. The Guru Nanak Darbar Kirten Group sings hymns till
12 noon. Gyani Resham Singh then does kirten and katha.
The management is drawing up plans to celebrate the birthday of Guru
Nanak Dev in a big way. A three day session of prayer and kirten is
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