Hindu Temple + Sikh Gurdwara
Says CIC Board member KP Singh:
JOYOUS CELEBRATIONS, SOLEMN COMMEMORATIONS
A momentous week of community events: religious celebrations, commemorations, and historic transitions in central Indiana. The colorful ceremonies attracted over 5,000, among them City and State dignitaries, interfaith leaders, and the faithful from across the Midwest and beyond, at the rebirth of the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana.
Also taking center stage in the changing spiritual landscape of Indiana was the opening of the new Gurdwara Siri Guru Hargobind Sahib in Greenwood, attended by Diego Morales, Advisor and Special Assistant to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Greenwood Mayor and Police Chief, Indiana State Representatives, and hundreds of members of the Sikh American community. This was an amazing testimony of the growth over the last 50 years – creating institutions of learning, tradition, service, and vibrancy of the Indian and Sikh diaspora in the United States.
At the Sikh Gurdwaras (Sikh Temples) in Indiana and around the world, there were solemn remembrances and commemorations of the Martyrdom of the Fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev at Lahore in 1605 on the orders of the Moghul Emperor Jahangir; the 31st Anniversary of Operation Bluestar at the Golden Temple Amritsar and other Sikh Gurdwaras in 1984 where thousands of Sikhs perished. There were prayers for peace and universal goodwill towards all humanity and collection of funds and tons of clothing for the recent earthquake in Nepal.
I had the honor to participate in a panel discussion at the National Disability Rights Conference in Indianapolis and present the concerns of Sikh Americans and challenges of caring for elderly and disabled Sikh patients in nursing homes and healthcare facilities. I am struck by the thought of being a witness to the winds of culture and spirit that are today flowing through Indiana.