During a conversation last night, a friend reminded me of one of the earliest accounts of a Sikh in the United States, in which a merchant trader from Massachusetts named Captain Stephen Phillips wrote in his journal about a Sikh man that he brought back from India in the late 1700s: After his retirement in the late 1700s, he apparently brought back to his home town of Salem a tall, intrepid Sikh who ‘stalked around town in the turban and […]
Two weeks ago, the Sikh community near Salem, Oregon, commemorated the anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjun (fifth Guru of the Sikhs) in 1606, with a Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) through South Salem: The Dasmesh Darbar Sikh Temple organizes the event yearly to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. And while the Salem Sikh community is small — a few hundred families — the event is among the largest in the Pacific Northwest, attendees said. Sikhs from […]
The Sikh community of Salem, Oregon held their annual Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) yesterday to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjun in 1606: [Susan] Hughs said she didn’t know Salem had a Sikh community, which is estimated to be a couple hundred families, but she saw the huge crowd parading through Commercial Street SE and saw Sikhs everywhere. “Who knew?” she said. The full article with additional photos is available at The Statesman Journal.
As last year, Sikhs in South Salem, Oregon, will be holding a Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) this Sunday in honor of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjun, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs: The Sikh community is having its annual parade from 11 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 beginning at the Damesh Darbar Sikh Temple, 860 Oak Hill Ave. SE. The Sikh community extends a citywide invitation to take part in the event, which commemorates […]
This past weekend, the Sikh community in Salem, Oregon – centered around the Dashmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in Salem – held their fifth annual Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) in commemoration of the martyrdom of the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, in 1606. This is a very significant event in Sikh history, and one from which many Sikhs draw inspiration even today. The commemoration was recognized by Salem’s mayor: During the event, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson issued a proclamation recognizing the remembrance of Siri Guru […]