Sikh Personalities of Kashmir

A tribute to a sikh parcharak S. Kaviraj singh Ji ‘Missionary’ from Srinagar- Kashmir

Gursikh meet chalo gur chalee,jo gur kahee soaiee bhall manyoo,har har katha niralee ]]

A tribute to a sikh parcharak in Kashmir on Gurpurab 05-07-2012, Srinagar Kashmir

S. Kaviraj Singh ‘Parchark’ , a sikh missionary , whose contribution in sikh society living in kashmir is still as fresh as dew on rose. His proper guidance and direction for adopting true gurmat – sikh way of living is commendable.Today, sizeable gursikh population in Kashmir and their gurmat way of life, is due to his sincere efforts. His vision of teaching Gurmukhi and Gurbani at grass root level in every nook and corner of Kashmir had proved far reaching positive effects. Preaching of panth Parvanit Rehat Maryada published by Akal Takht – Sri Amritsar and it’s usage in personnel life was his priority.

At a very young age he showed interest in religious matters and learned as well memorised several Bani’s. He visited many Gurdwara Sahibs outside Kashmir and held discussions with great personalities of Sikh Panth. While residing in Kashmir he remained constantly in touch with Sikh Missionary College, Ludhiana. Under his able guidance and sincere efforts Gurmat classes were formulated and initiated in every village and sikh residential areas of Srinagar city. Many young boys and girls who were convinced by the preachings of S. Kaviraj Singh, assisted Sikh Missionary College in running various projects for benefit of sikh society. His contributions by way of conducting gurmat classes is remarkable & praise worthy. Gurmat class of aged persons wherein large number of aged sikh aspirants attended were benefitted. A chain process of learning and sharing sikh gurmat knowledge started by S. Kaviraj Singh is still going on. Good sikh missionaries were trained without making any financial expenses and wastage of time, while doing professional & personnel work. Good number of sikh missionaries were taught by S. Kaviraj Singh at Gurdwara Amira Kadal, Gurdwara Allucha Bagh, Gurdwara Batmaloo in Gurmat classes. As preacher, his teaching ability, humbleness with knowledge attracted large number of students to attend gurmat classes. Without any personnel interest , he used to manage refreshment for students of Gurmat classes, transport facility & arranging night stay in village on preaching tours.

Amrit Sanchar in all the villages and cities of Kashmir valley were organised by S. Kaviraj singh Ji. During turmoil years,in single year 21 amrit sanchar programmes were performed in which thousand of sikhs had amrit paan from singh sahibs. In one such programme in Tral – Boarding House approximately 1000 persons took amrit paan. Singh’s who were performing duties of singh sahibs were convinced by parchar of S. Kaviraj Singh Jiand performed their responsibility sincerely. Personnel influence of S. Kaviraj singh Ji on the life of young sikhs in kashmir was visible, which helped sikhs to survive in 15 years of acute militancy. Despite bomb blasts and firing every where, now and then , he accomplished his mission of sikhi parchar without any rest. In 1996 attended and spoke at function in world sikh conference in Amritsar accompanied by S. Avtaar Singh Khalsa and S. Davinder Singh ji.

For earning livelihood , being a trained laboratory technician, he assumed Job of Laboratory Technician in State Govt. Hospital, Srinagar. Punctuality towards duty and dealings with the patients irrespective of their religion, caste , financial backwardness was appreciated by one and all. His colleagues gave him all the due respect for his hard work & panth dardi work. Under the banner of Sikh employees union , contributed for the upliftment of society. Concession & job to sikh boys were provided in laboratory at HSHS buildimg, established for the same purpose. to help the needy.. He served in Govt Medical Department till his last breathe.

S. Kaviraj Singh ji was born in 1953 in the home of Gyani Maan Singh Ji and Mata Jaswant Kour Ji at Village Beawa, Tangmarg. His father was serving in 2FOD and has constructed house at Batmaloo in heart of City. He learnt Gurmukhi , basic gurmat principles, Nitnem & Paath from his father. He got married to Rajinder Kour of Baramulla and has three daughters. He died at young age of 56 years in 2009.

The grace on the face of S. Kaviraj singh Ji was unique. His ability to understand a person in first meeting and dealing humbly with all was his experience which earned him a good name and respect in society. His contribution as member of Gurdwara Prabandak Committee Srinagar added many laurels in his favour.

Although S. Kaviraj Singh ji is not among us and his loss can never be fulfilled, but his misson is required to be continued. This article is token of respect and remembrance to son of soil.



by :- Sdr Shaktipal Singh