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Government of British Columbia, Canada declared July 1 as ‘Sant Teja Singh Day’

The Government of British Columbia, Canada has declared July 1 as ‘Sant Teja Singh Day’. It is a matter of great pride for the Sikh Panth. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia has issued a notification praising the contribution of Sant Teja Singh and the Sikhs in Canada, according to which, “Since the end of the 19th century, Sikhs have faced many difficulties in the history and development of British Columbia.” The Government of British Columbia respects the history and culture of Sikhs in British Columbia and declares July 1 as ‘Sant Teja Singh Day’.”

Sant Teja Singh (1877–1965) went to study abroad on the orders of Sant Atar Singh Mastuana, the great ascetic and Raja Yogi of the 20th century so that the standard of education could be raised in India’s schools and colleges also. Sant Teja Singh Ji is known as ‘the first messenger of Sikhism in the West’. He was instrumental in preventing Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims from emigrating to British Honduras and providing permanent residence to people of Indian origin while establishing a Gurdwara in Vancouver, Canada.

Sant Teja Singh established Kalgidhar Trust, Badu Sahib, under which today two universities, 129 Akal Academies and many other social welfare works are going on continuously under the leadership of Shiromani Panth Ratan Baba Iqbal Singh, an exclusive servant of the saint.