The Gurdwara Sahib Malacca was built in 1925 by the Sikh sangat most of whom served in the Police Force. The present size of the Gurdwara Sahib land is 69,879 square feet.
The late Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji was appointed as a Granthi in this Gurdwara Sahib in November 1927. He also used to serve in the Police Gurdwara Malacca. which no longer exists.
Baba Sohan was very highly respected for his in depth lectures on Sikh religion by the Sikh sangat of Malaysia and Singapore. Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji passed away on 24th May 1972 after a short illness.
The Gurdwara Sahib Malacca commemorates the date of Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji's passing away by holding an Akhand Path and prayers annually, popularly known as Babaji's Barsi. Over the years the Devotees attending Babaji's Barsi have increased tremendously.
In 1975 the Sant Sohan Singh Ji Malacca Memorial Society leased a piece of land from the Gurdwara Sahib Malacca. They constructed a double storey building known as the Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Dharmak ViDyala, which was officially opened on 23' May 1976.
In late 1996 plans were made to erect a new three-storey building at the back of the present Gurdwara Sahib in memory of the late Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji. This building which is known as the Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji complex was completed in early 1998 at a cost of RM2,000,000.00. This building was officially opened by the Panj Piyarae on Vesakhi day 13th April 1998. The ground floor comprises of the langgar hall and kitchen. The first floor includes the Granthi's quarters, function rooms and two visitors' rooms as well as a large library. This library contains many rare books, which used to belong to the late Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji. The second floor has a large open hall about 5000 square feet, which is used as a second Darbar Sahib in which is placed the Holy Book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
In early 1998 the old Gurdwara Sahib building was extensively renovated but the original structure was left intact. At the same time an adjacent plot of land was also purchased and upgraded. There are 30 students who study Gurmukhi in this Gurdwara Sahib. Classes are held twice weekly on Saturdays and Sundays.
Giani Ran Singh Ji, Village Raekay Kela, Bhatinda has been serving as a Granthi in this Gurdwara Sahib since 1989.
There are presently about 70 Sikh families who participate in the religious activities in this Gurdwara Sahib. The weekly prayers are held on Sunday mornings accompanied with the Asa Di War kirtan from 6.30a.m. to 8.00a.m. The Isteri Satsang programme is held once a month on the Sangrand day.
Sikh Gurudwaras in Malaysia&Singapore
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Further Enquiries, kindly contact the following:
Sdr Balbir Singh
President of Gurdwara Sahib Melaka
@ Tel : 012-6837750
Sdr Hemerjit Singh
Secretary of Gurdwara Sahib Melaka
@ Tel : 012-6793889