Friday, 13 May 2011

Kar sewa of Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib’s sarovar begins

A view of the ongoing kar sewa at the sarovar of Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib in Amritsar.

The SGPC has roped in Baba Kashmir Singh Bhuriwale for kar sewa of sarovars of Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib and Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib here.

Talking to The Tribune, Darbar Sahib manager Harbhajan Singh Malhi said the work on the sarovar of Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib has already begun.

“Here, the level of protective wall (which helps in saving people from drowning) inside the sarovar is being raised. Earlier, the wall was seven feet deep, but now it would be only one feet into the sarovar,” he said. According to him, they are resorting to the move in view of the last year’s incident in which two kids had drowned while taking a holy dip at the same sarovar.

“The main focus of the pilgrims and subsequently our watch and ward staff is on the main sarovar around Sri Harmandar Sahib and therefore there are very few people around Kaulsar Sahib to help check any untoward incident, if any,” he added. Apart from it, bathing facility for women is also being built at the sarovar. The water level has been reduced to facilitate the kar sewa and fresh water will be released into the sarovar once the work is complete.

Malhi said Baba Kashmir Singh will also perform the kar sewa of the sarovar at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib, which would be cleaned after taking out the entire water from it.

He said the kar sewa was performed at Gurdwara Santokhsar Sahib sometime back and it would be done at Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib too, if needed.

The  pathetic state of these sarovars has been highlighted in. Kaulsar is one of the five holy tanks (sarovars) in the city including Santokhsar, Bibeksar, Ramsar and the main one after which the city is named, Amritsar, at the Golden Temple. The significance of the Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib and its sarovar could be gauged from the fact that Guru Hargobind had directed the devotees to take a dip in the Kaulsar before the Golden Temple sarovar.

Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service, Amritsar, May 13

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