Monday, 11 April 2011

Takht Damdama Sahib getting new look: will it retain its historical features?

The old building of the historical Likhansar Gurdwara is being replaced with a new building, which is a few feet away from the old one. The dimension of its ‘sarovar’, where Bhai Mani Singh and Baba Deep Singh compiled Adi Granth under the supervision of Guru Gobind Singh, has been reduced.

The historical old building of Bir Singh-Dhir Singh Gurdwara has also been replaced with a new building, which is bigger. The halls of these two historical gurdwaras have also been made big. All these changes have been made to give an attractive look to Takht Damdama Sahib.

Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, said even the main hall of Takht Damdama Sahib was being made air-conditioned. Its roof was also being beautified. he added.

The facade of the Damdama Sahib complex is being changed for the first time after it was accorded the status of Takht.

Besides, to make a large chunk of open space available in the front of Takht Damdama Sahib, the residence of the Jathedar has been shifted to a new building. ‘Zora ghar’ and the office of the SGPC have also been shifted to other places.

Jaspal Singh, manager of Takht Damdama Sahib, said sanctity was being maintained while constructing new buildings in place of the old religious buildings.

Chander Parkash/TNS, Talwandi Sabo, April 11

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