Sunday 21 June 2009

STOP OF GOLDEN TEMPLE REPLICA


Akal Takht directs SGPC to stop construction of Golden Temple replica in Punjab village
JAGMOHAN SINGH
AMRITSAR: Jathedar Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) Gyani Gurbachan Singh here Saturday issued an edict directing directed Shriomani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to stop the ongoing construction of replica of Golden Temple (Harmandhar Sahib) at Mastuana in Sangrur district of Punjab by Gurdwara Sachkhand Angitha Sahib.
While issuing directions to SGPC Jathedar said, “For Sikh community Harmandhar Sahib is the supreme religious place and construction of another structure of same Gurdwara would never be tolerated at any cost”.
“Hence in the light of present circumstances and keeping in view the sentiments of Sikh community and suggestions of numerous Sikh religious and political organizations, directions have been issued to amend the present structure of Gurdwara Sachkhand Angitha Sahib in Sangrur district at the earliest possible and SGPC would compliance the religious edict”, directed Jathedar to SGPC through edict.
However, Jathedar also told SGPC to top up water pond with mud around replica of Golden Temple in Sangrur which was made on the pattern of original Golden Temple of Amritsar.
Jatehdar further said that in future construction work of Angitha Sahib would be carried out under the strict surveillance of SGPC and in this regard time to time report to be submitted before Akal Takht to make it sure that no copying of holiest Sikh shrine of Golden Temple being made at anywhere.
It may be mentioned here that few days ago, on June 11 the MCGSA (management committee of Gurdwara Sachkhand Angitha Sahib) vehemently denied in a letter submitted to Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) that any attempt being made to create structure of replica of Golden Temple .
Head of the MCGSA, Sadhu Singh said that it was cheap and petty thoughts of some political people including Shriomani Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Amritsar that there was an attempt to create structure like replica of Golden Temple in Sangrur.
Commenting on the ongoing construction work at Sangrur, Sadhu Singh had claimed that it was merely aimed for facelift and kind of renovation of dilapidate structure of the Gurdwara Sachkhand Angitha Sahib. The facelift was initiated on the persistence demand of devotes and local residents besides committee members of the Gurdwara, said Sadhu Singh.
However, Sadhu Singh again denying the allegation to create replica of Golden Temple Amritsar at Sangrur says that he has utmost respect for the holist Golden Temple and he could not suppose to attempt to such a blasphemous act while copying structure of Golden Temple which is next to impossible for any human being.
Earlier on June 9, It SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta, SGPC General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and other SGPC officials had visited and inspected the ongoing construction work of Gurdwara Angitha Sahib and submitted report before the Akal Takht whereupon it was alleged that a deliberate attempt was being made to construct the Gurdwara on the ditto patron of Golden Temple Amritsar.

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