Welcome to Nagiana – a site dedicated to honour & remember Nagi ancestors
The Importance of Remembering
We honor our ancestors because we are connected… whether we acknowledge it or not they are the ones that came before us, the ones that opened the way for us to be here, the ones who prayed for us before they knew us, and worked for our future.
You may think of ancestors as only those members of your family that you knew and who have passed on, but this is not so. Anyone on your family line going back countless generations, is an ancestor.
In Punjabi we say “saday jatharian dee thaan” (our ancestors place). In Punjabi and all cultures around the world it’s very common for every clan to have their “ancestors village or place of worship”.
Whether we are in tune or not, they are in our blood and in our bones. As spiritualists say, “our ancestors hear our prayers first”.
It is the day to reflect on the contributions our ancestors made to our present life and the cultural traditions and values they set for us in order to make our lives better.
According to the Vedic scriptures, an individual is born with three debts. The third debt is to one’s ancestors, is called ‘Pitri-rin.’ This debt is like a mortgage on one’s life, but with no liability. It is an attempt to create an awareness of one’s duties and responsibilities.
You do not have to believe in this because it is purely based on faith; however, you will agree that it is the responsibility of everyone to keep up the pride of the family lineage by performing actions that promote the good of all. Nagi day is nothing but a reminder of our lineage and duties towards it.
We will celebrate this day, yearly, on September 8th, by serving langar(food) to all sangat(visitors) at Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib.
September 8th has been chosen as Nagi day as it is a very significant day for Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib and when most sangat(visitors), many from a far visit the Gurdwara – giving us the opportunity to serve tens of thousands.
Why Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib?
There is no physical trace tying Nagi’s with Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib. We actually do not have any evidence of where the name Nagi or our ancestors originated from; however, history points us here. Two things are clear – 1) there is a connection with Nagi and Nag Ji (King Cobra), and 2) Nagi’s should have a physical place to pay homage to our ancestors and the Nagi name.
To date there is no better place than Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib. Many believe that this is our ancestors home, as only Nagi’s used to visit the Gurdwara Sahib in its early days.
Nagiana Sahib is not only special for all Nagi’s, but also a place related with the history of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. History leads us to believe that the same Cobra that bestowed shade upon the Guru (Click here for full story), followed Guru Ji everywhere he went. During his travels, Guru Nanak Dev Ji stopped at the village Udoke and stayed in Village Udoke for nine months. The devotee cobra had reached a ripe age and was fairly old. Guru Ji requested the cobra not to follow him anymore and it should now rest and dwell in Nagiana for good. Guru Nanak Dev Ji then showered his blessings upon the place.
The Gurdwara trust also runs a charitable hospital for the poor and needy, in addition to handling social welfare responsibilities – which include, taking care of weddings for girls whom come from poor families, at no cost. The Gurdwara website is sponsored by the Nagiana fund.
Langar for All
Nagi day is nothing but a reminder of our lineage and duties towards it. We will celebrate this day, yearly, on September 8th by serving langar(food) to all sangat(visitors) at Gurdwara Nagiana Sahib.
Langar is the term used for the community kitchen in a Gurdwara where a free vegetarian meal is served to all the visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, sexuality, economic status or ethnicity.
Guru Nanak introduced the practice of langar. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality among all, where everyone sits together in a communal setting and share a simple meal together.
Approximate cost of the langar for all is 15,000 INR (~£170 / $220).
Become a Donor
If you would like to make a donation towards langar, website, hospital or the social fund – you can contact us directly via email at email@example.com, or via the contact form below.
You can also make donations directly via PayPal at Nagiana Fund Donation
Complete transparency – all donors will be contacted prior to funds distribution, to discuss which projects to support. Donation receipts will also be made available.
List of our generous donors can be found here.