Kampar 100: Love is in the air

Sharanpal Kaur | Kampar, Malaysia | 13 Aug 2016 Asia Samachar |

Gurdwara Sahib Kampar celebrated its 100th year anniversary earlier this month. Avid photographer Sharanpal Kaur captured the event. Gurdwara Sahib Kampar was gazetted on 12 February 1916.

A special kirtan semagam featuring Bhai Gurpreet Singh Shimla was held between Aug 3-7, while an akhand path was organised between Aug 5-7.

Sharanpal shares her experience:

The event intended to bring ‘home’ people who had migrated to other towns. The high tea on 6 Aug was the highlight. It carried the theme “Revisiting Roots, Rekindling Memories”.

After a cake cutting ceremony, the guests mingled happily, up-dating information and meeting long lost friends.

It was truly a gathering of old friends and acquaintances. It was a true home coming for many. The air was filled with joy and delight of meeting long lost friends and distant relatives. The Sangat appreciated the effort made by organisers as it gave them a chance to be back at their ‘roots’ and indulge in old memories.

I could see the old and young mixing, chatting, hugging, laughing, sharing tears of joy upon meeting each other. Some could not recognise each other as they have not met for ages.

Gurdwara Sahib Kampar former president Master Santokh Singh was tasked to trace the 100 year history of the gurdwara and the coming of Sikhs to Kampar.

It was truly a joy to see the expressions on so many strangers I met, and some relatives of friends. I feel other gurdwaras should do the same, too. Well done, organisers
For more photos, go to Sharanpal’s Facebook page. Her handle is Shanno Iqbal Randhawa or 100 Years (1916-2016) Gurdwara Sahib Kampar


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