Monday, 28 June 2010

Darshani Deori gates' kar sewa from July 4

For the first time in the history of Golden Temple the kar sewa of gates of Darshani Deori (entrance to the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple) will be started on July 4 by Sampardaya Kar Sewa Bhuriwale. It will be carried out under the supervision of jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh.

The complete kar sewa of the gates, that have always remained in controversy due to their origin, will be completed in one and half years to two years by master craftsmen, who will be making an exact replica of the design of the original gates.

"The wood used in the gates have decayed over the years, gold nails have come out at several places, ivory work has been damaged and the frame of the door has been given temporary support to stay erect with iron strips," said Sant Kashmir Singh, head of Sampardaya, while talking to TOI on Sunday.

Giving further details, his second-in-command Baba Sukha Singh said a temporary gate would be installed and the kar sewa would be carried out on the Golden Temple premises.

Experts will examine the wood and other material used for making the gate. "We have already arranged for the ivory craftsmen and will purchase same wood that has been used in the gates of Darshani Deori," he maintained.

The hearsay is that the gates of Darshani Deori actually belonged to Somnath Temple, which were taken away by Mohammad Gazni. These were later recovered by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who got these installed at the Darshani Deori of Golden Temple. However, the theory had been denied by several Sikh scholars.

However, Baba Sukha Singh maintained that these belonged to Somnath Temple. "We will engage master craftsmen to maintain the pristine glory of the gates," he said.

Giani Gurbachan Singh said there was a huge demand from Sikh sangat to carry out the repairs of the gates following which the five high priests directed SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to get it done.

He, however, refused to get involve in the controversy regarding the origin of the gates.

Yudhvir Rana, TNN, AMRITSAR: Jun 28, 2010


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