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SGPC to set up committee to review Nanakshahi calendar

chandigarh Updated: Oct 26, 2009 23:18 IST

In the face of opposition from some Sikh sects, the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee today decided to set up a committee of experts to review the Nanakshahi calendar and suggest changes in it.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeeting here of the executive committee of the SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, presided over by its chief Avtar Singh Makkar.

Emerging out of the meeting, Makkar told reporters that the SGPC would soon set up an expert committee to review the widely accepted Nanakshahi calendar and suggest changes in it.

The amendments suggested by the committee, which would consist of five to seven members, would be incorporated in the calendar, he said.

The Nanakshahi calendar, adopted by the SGPC, is a solar calendar which determines dates of important Sikh events.

It is being used in more than 90 per cent gurudwaras across the world since it was unveiled at Takht Damdama Sahib on Baisakhi in 2003.

However, some Sikh sects like Sant Samaj and Damdami Taksal are opposed to the Nanakshahi calendar.