Golden temple decorated with flowers in memory of Shri Guru Ram Das’s Parkash square

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 29th

The Golden Temple complex has been decorated with fragrant flowers collected from home and abroad to commemorate the ‘Pakash Purv’ (birth anniversary) of Shri Guru Ram Das, the founder of the holy city.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and SGPC Chairman Harjinder Singh Dhami delivered greetings on the occasion on Monday (October 30).

The Golden Temple illuminated on the eve of Guru Ram Das’ Parkash Pav in Amritsar on Sunday.Photo: Vishal Kumar

The event was commemorated twice in October as issues with the Nanakshahi calendar led to discrepancies in the dates of various Gurpurbu. Pakistan’s Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), which follows the ‘Mool’ (original) Nanakshahi calendar, had already observed the October 9 event.

Nevertheless, the SGPC commemorates Gurpurbh on the basis of a “revised” version of the Nanakshahi calendar.

To commemorate this, hundreds of quintals of different types of flowers, imported especially from Thailand and Singapore, but also sourced from local markets, were decorated with hundreds of quintals leading to the sanctum Darshani Deoli and the walls of the cathedral. I decorated the whole thing. Akal Takht.

Devotees from Mumbai and Kolkata specially arrived to perform the floral ‘sewa’. Satinder Singh said flower varieties such as orchids were imported from Thailand and anthuriums were arranged in bulk from Singapore. “We have varieties that have a shelf life of four days or more,” he said.

Harpreet Kaur, another devotee from Mumbai, said, “By the grace of God Almighty, our group has been fortunate to be able to perform Sewa for the past few years.”

Amit from Kolkata said it was his first time visiting the Golden Temple and he was fascinated by the ambiance of the temple. “The floral decorations will be completed by the evening,” he said.

SGPC Secretary Partap Singh said that Akhand Path Bhog will be performed tomorrow at Gurudwara Sri Manji Sahib Diwan Hall, followed by Gurmat program.

As per tradition, apart from the Gurmat programme, a ‘jalau’ (show of splendor) will also be performed tomorrow at the sanctum sanctorum of Akal Takht and Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai. In the evening, the entire complex is lit up with illuminations and commemorative fireworks are set off.

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