CA’s Lt. Governor Helps Mark 400th Anniversary of the Guru Granth Sahib  

September 16, 2004

Source: Appeal-Democrat

On September 16, 2004 Appeal-Democrat reported, "members of the Sikh faith traveled to Sacramento on Wednesday from as close as Yuba City and as far away as India to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the placement of Sikhism's most sacred book in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. About 200 Sikhs, most wearing their traditional turbans, gathered in a stuffy basement room below the Capitol rotunda to pray, sing and hear speakers, including Chanranjit Singh Atwal, deputy speaker of the Indian Parliament... It was also the 100th anniversary of Sikhs' arrival in the U.S. and California, said Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who hosted the event. About 200,000 Sikhs call California home, according to Bustamante spokesman Stephen Green."