Nirankari Spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh dies in Canada road accident

May 14, 2016 08:29 IST

Baba-Hardev-SinghBaba Hardev Singh, the Spiritual leader and chief of Nirankari Mission, died on 13 May 2016 in a road accident in Montreal, Canada. He was 62.

Hardev Singh was in a SUV travelling on westbound Highway 30. He was on a tour, visiting several centres, and was scheduled to visit the Pointe-Claire establishment.

Baba Hardev Singh

• Born on 23 February 1954, Baba Hardev Singh became a member of the Nirankari Seva Dal in 1971.

• After the assassination of his father Gurbachan Singh, who headed the Sant Nirankari Mission in 1980, he succeeded as the chief leader (satguru) of the organization.

• In 2005, he established the Nirankari Museum in Sant Nirankari Sarovar complex in New Delhi.

• He had 10 to 15 million followers around the world.

Sant Nirankari Mission

• The mission was established in 1929, by Baba Buta Singh who previously belonged to the Nirankari sect. He was succeeded by Baba Avtar Singh.

• The mission began as a reform movement within Sikhism.

• It started in form of the Sant Nirankari Movement or Universal Brotherhood Movement that believed in the importance of a living leader.

• Sikhism, on the other hand, believes in the Sikh scriptures as their final guru. It was this difference that caused the Sant Nirankari movement, which separated from mainstream Sikhism in 1929.

• The mission flourished after base of the mission was shifted to Delhi from West Punjab, after partition of India in 1947.

• As of 2016, the organization has 2000 centers and millions of followers all over the globe.

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