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Nirankari Spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh dies in Canada road accident

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

May 14, 2016 08:29 IST
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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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