Parmeshar TV is dedicated to Bhai Ranjit Singh Ji Dhadrianwale. One of the reformers of Sikh Panth. At age 16, he began Sikhism preaching. He built a Sikh Temple named Gurdwara ParmesharDwar Sahib in Sheikhupura village of Patiala Distt in Punjab. The headquarter of Pameshar TV is based in Patiala.
Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale was born on 7 July 1983 in Dhadrian Village, Sangrur District, Punjab. Thus, being known as Dhadrian wale. From the very beginning, he had a keen interest in Sikh philosophy and attended religious programs on a regular basis. He performed Kirtan for the first time on 5 January 1999 in his village Dhadrian when he was 15. He went to Rara Sahib for further education in Sikh philosophy. Gradually, he became a prominent preacher of Sikhism.
Gurudwara Parmeshar Dwar Sahib
The new building of Gurudwara Parmeshar Dwar Sahib, situated on Sangrur-Patiala Road Sheikhupur, Punjab, was completed in 2010. Kalgidhar Sangat Niwas was built shortly afterwards. A massive diwan hall with sitting capacity of over 50000 is also built. Here, monthly Guru Manyo Granth Chetna Samagam (the holy congregation) is organized on First Saturday of every month. Sikh devotees (Sangat) gather in huge numbers and Amrit Sanchar is also held on same day.
Initially, Ranjit Singh had a ‘Sant’ (Saint) title from Rara Sahib Lineage. In his initial years of preaching, he preached the orthodox ideology that was largely related to mythology, was also promoted by other orthodox preachers. In recent years, he shifted to a different perspective of understanding the ideas in Guru Granth Sahib. There has been some ongoing controversy among some Sikh scholars and Sikh groups over this. In 2016, a conflict started with Baba Harnam Singh of Damdami Taksal. The basis of this was ideological diasgreement. On the evening of 17 May 2016, while Ranjit Singh was travelling to attend a Diwan (congregation) in Ludhiana, more than two dozen armed men attacked him. His aide Bhai Bhupinder Singh Khasi Kalan was shot dead, but Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale survived. Dhadrianwale continued to receive life threats from various groups. CM of Punjab interfered and asked them to stop giving such threats.
In September 2019, Ranjit Singh gave his point of view on the controversial song ‘Jatti Jeone Morh Wargi’ written and sung by Sidhu Moose Wala. He also brought up the issue of controversial text about Sikh Gurus and other important Sikh figures in Gur Partap Suraj Granth by Bhai Santokh Singh. Some leaders in the Sikh community strongly opposed this move and demanded that he must be summoned before Akal Takhat Sahib. The protests were organised to prevent him from preaching. In February 2020, he decided to cancel most of his Diwans (Holy congregation programs) for rest of the year. The decision was made by him to avoid conflict and harm to common people while protest and opposition by some Sikh groups in his Diwans.
Dhadrianwale unlike orthodox ideology, urges people to apply the teachings of Sikh Gurus in daily life, instead of just performing the rituals. He urges common Sikh people to read and understand the Gurbani and follow it in day-to-day activities. He refuses to believe in heaven or hell and claims that all our Karmas are paid-for at mental, emotional and spiritual levels in this very life. People must be honest, hardworking and should follow their responsibilities with passion. He teaches people to live a practical and truthful life. He also opposes the animal sacrifice practices that are prevalent in some Sikh groups. His faith in God is not limited to any deity, personality or holy place. He quotes Gurbani “Sabhai Ghat Ram Bole”, meaning the omnipresent is within everything including nature. He strongly criticises exploitation of the environment. “We must take are of nature as it takes care of us” The law of nature is one thing he strongly believes in. Nature is bound by laws, and if we follow them, the desired results are bound to come.