SGPC to oppose replacing palanquin at Gurdawara Janam Asthan

Talking to media persons here, she said the representatives and Head of Akal Takht Sahib Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, along with others, were likely to meet the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PGPC) president and request them to preserve the historic palanquin.

She appealed to authorities in Pakistan not to replace the marble palanquin with the golden palanquin, which would be brought by the Sikhs from India later this month.

Criticising Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna for making loud voice for offering of a golden palanquin to Gurdawara Janam Asthan, she said in Sikh religion there were many devotees who had been donating crores of rupees for any Gurdwara and this golden palanquin was made just for Rs 50 lakhs and Mr Sarna was using this avenue for deriving political mileage.

Though she did not receive any invitation from the DSGMC, the SGPC chief she would make arrangements for the sangat, which would enter Punjab.

She said no one was opposing the offering of the golden ‘palki’ at the Gurdwara but the objection was to replace the existing ‘palki’, which completely synchronised with the ambience of the sanctum sanctorum.
The controversy is regarding the replacement of the existing ‘palki’ of marble with the golden one. There are certain sections of the Sikhs which are opposed to the replacement as the existing ‘palki’ has great historic, religious and heritage values. ”It will not be advisable to replace the marble palki, which is of historic and religious importance for the Sikhs all over the world,” said a senior religious leader.

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