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February 16, Haryana: A piece of vacant land at a key gurdwara in Haryana will be transformed into a Guru Garden in honour of Sikh Environment Day 2012 and the message of the Seventh Sikh Guru, who was a great environmentalist.
Gurdwara Patshahi Chhevi in Bani Badarpur, which is managed by SGPC in Haryana came up with the first ever Guru Ka Baagh, or Guru’s Garden project to celebrate Sikh Environment Day. The Haryana EcoSikh volunteer Gurpreet Singh invited manager Sukhdev Singh of Kurukshetra to consider the idea of developing their vacant land of Gurdwara to create an orchid garden as a tribute to Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji. The Gurdwara management welcomed the idea enthusiastically. The Sikh sangat in the all the adjoining villages has supported this endeavor and they will get together for the plantation in March to celebrate Sikh Environment Day.
EcoSikh facilitated the SGPC by providing a vital connection with Baba Sewa Singh Ji of Khadoor Sahib who will help them by planting trees in this land and the Gurdwara management will then maintain the trees thereafter.
At this great effort by SGPC, Baba Sewa Singh Ji congratulated them and stated, “This is the great move by the committee and more Gurdwaras should come up with plans like this. It is an inspiration for Sikh Environment Day, for the rest of world to follow and we are so happy to be a part of this.”
Ravneet Singh, EcoSikh Project Manager, India quoted, “How beautiful is it to see this happening out of Gurbani inspiration. I hope more Gurdwaras will follow the trend and we have all our Gurdwara lands covered with trees.”
EcoSikh is a response from the Sikh community to the threats of climate change and the deterioration of the natural environment.
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