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‘Kar Sewa’ means work for humanity with devotion. The word ‘Kar Sewa’ is used for a pure task without any greed or lust or egoism, it is Service done with devotion, honesty, faith and with spirit of sacrifice, it may be any noble task done for mankind with due respect and faith in one God.

Sikhism has a long history of sacrifices and services. Unconditional Sewa exists in principles and tenets of Sikhism. Baba Budha Ji was the first Kar Sewak in Sikh history, who with blessings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, spent whole of his life in Kar Sewa. Baba Budha Ji was born on 06 October 1506 Baba Budha Ji spent nearly 100 years of his life in doing Sewa of Guru Ghar. Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji entrusted Kar Sewa of constructing Sri Akal Takht Sahib at Amritsar to Baba Budha Ji.

It is the fundamental duty of every Sikh to follow the ‘Path of Kar Sewa’ established by Baba Budha Ji, Bhai Gurdas ji and Sikh Guru Saheebaan. Sikh history is full of devoted Kar sewaks. A few of them shall be named hereinafter. Sant Baba Biram Dass ji was also a Kar Sewak who spent most of his life in Kar Sewa. Kar Sewak Baba Gurmukh Singh ji was born in year 1849 AD to father S. Karam Singh Ji and Mata Gurdai Kaur Ji. The love for humanity and the spirit of Sewa took Baba Gurmukh Singh ji and Baba Sadhu Singh (cousin of Baba Gurmukh Singh ji) to Kar Sewak Biram Dass ji, who preached them to follow the path of Sewa and saved them from the binding ties of the materialistic world.

Both Baba Gurmukh Singh ji and Baba Sadhu Singh ji seemed to be exact as per their names to be as ‘Gurmukh’ and ‘Sadhu’ respectively. Both brothers left to Amritsar on command of Baba Biram Dass ji. They started Sewa of cleaning Parikarma of Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar, while reciting name of God as, ‘Satnam Waheguru-Satnam Waheguru’. They did it with firm devotion and planned to lead their lives in Sewa of Guru Ghar. Baba Gurmukh Singh ji revived the institution of Kar Sewa, with its epicenter called as Dera Kar Sewa.

After the demise of Baba Gurmukh Singh ji (1849-1948), Baba Jiwan Singh Ji was made the head, to carry further the mission of Kar Sewa. In year 1974, after demise of Baba Jiwan Singh ji Baba Dalip Singh took over as head of Samparda ‘Kar Sewa’. Baba Dalip Singh ji, Baba Jhanda Singh Ji, Baba Hari Singh Ji continued to perform Kar Sewa with firm devotion. During his life time Baba Hari Singh Ji appointed Baba Jagtar Singh Ji as the head of Dera Kar Sewa, Tarn Taran.

Since, then Baba Jagtar Singh Ji has been performing Kar Sewa at various places with cooperation of Sikh sangat of the country and abroad. Nearly, 25 Jathedars (leading men) have been distributed with various Kar Sewa tasks at different places in India including Sikh shrines of Pakistan. Baba Mohinder Singh Ji is the cashier of the Dera, who looks after expenses and records of the Dera.

All the Kar Sewas are being carried under his supervision as well. Sangat, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, Amritsar Sahib and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Delhi has been cooperating for fulfillment of Kar Sewa of historical and religious places in the country and abroad. With the mutual cooperation and advice of such institutions, the mission of Kar sewa is carried smoothly.

Dera Kar Sewa, Tarn Taran has its own team of Designers, Electricians, Masons, Minakars, Nakash, Carpenters, Welders, Motor mechanics, Plumbers, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Legal Advisors, Doctors etc. to perform the respective duties for Dera Kar Sewa.

Under the guidance and positive vision of Baba Jagtar Singh Ji an Educational Institute viz. Guru Nanak Dev Academy at Pehowa, Haryana, India was opened a few years ago. This Academy operates under a Trust with its head office at Dera Kar Sewa, Goindwal Sahib Road, Tarn Taran. One of its branch viz. Baba Bota Singh Baba Garja Singh Public School is operating at Chabal road, Tarn Taran and serving the needy students.

Dera Kar Sewa, Tarn Taran has started constructing a four storeyed Guru Nanak Dev Charitable Hospital in Tarn Taran to serve humanity.The hospital shall come into operation by year 2011 with its best team of doctors and modern medical and diagnostics facilities.

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