Sikhism in Thailand

Sikhism In Thailand

Sikhism in Thailand

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Thai Sikhs are Sikhs of the Guru who have upheld the Nishaan Sahib, the Sikh flag in Thailand.

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The first Indian to arrive in Thailand was Mr Kirpa Ram Madan from India in 1880s. He was granted audience with the king of Thailand(Rama V) chulalongkorn. The records are available in Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Bangkok. He brought his relatives whose surname were Madan, Narula and chawla. They were the first Indian diaspora in Thailand.

By the year 1911, many Sikh families had settled in Thailand. Bangkok was indeed the centre of migrant Sikhs. During that time there was no Gurdwara, so religious prayers were held in the homes of the Sikhs in rotation on every Sunday and all the Gurpurab days.

The population of the Sikh community was on the rise, therefore in the year 1912, the Sikhs decided to establish a Gurdwara. A wooden house was rented in the vicinity of Baan Moh, a well known business area.

In the year 1913 (or the year 2456 according to the Buddhist calendar), with the increasing rise of the Sikh community in Bangkok, a new larger wooden house was leased for a long term at the corner of Phahurat and Chakraphet road. After considerable renovation and decoration, the Guru Granth Sahib was installed and religious prayers were conducted on a daily basis.

As time passed, in the year 1979, the decision was made to renovate the Gurdwara and make it bigger to accommodate the increasing number of Sikhs. Together the committee of Siri Guru Singh Sabha and the other...
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