Popular Countries
x

Login

x

sign up

GOLDEN TEMPLE TO SHINE A LITTLE MORE WITH 160 KG GOLD

By Gurpreet Kaur . 17th July 2018 10:30pm
GOLDEN TEMPLE TO SHINE A LITTLE MORE WITH 160 KG GOLD

Golden Temple situated in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. It will shine more brightly when it will be covered with 160 kg gold, which is worth Rs 50 crore. This gold will be covered on the domes of its four deodis or entrances. This will be inclusive of gold which already covers the Harmandar Sahib situated in the middle of the sarovar, Akal Takht domes and the domes of darshani deodi. The spokesperson and the additional secretary of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Diljit Singh Bedi, is in charge of managing the historic gurudwaras, including the Golden Temple. He said that the SGPC decided to augment the shrine by gold plating the four entrances. He said, "An estimated 40 kg of gold will be used on each of the domes of the four deodis. Gold-plating of the maindeodi near Ghanta Ghar is underway since April through kar sewa (voluntarily service). Work on the rest will be taken up after the gold-plating of the first entrance is completed." Maharaja Ranjit Singh had donated Rs. 16.39 lakh, 192 years ago, for 'sone di sewa.' The first craftsman to cover the shrine with gold was Mohammad Khan. Maharaja Ranjit's descendants, queens and other important Sikhs also donated some amount for the purpose of 'sewa'. According to Twarikh Sri Amritsar, a totol of Rs 64.11 lakh were donated at that time. The Sikh organizations decided to repair and renovate the Golden Temple after the infamous  Operation Bluestar in 1984. Sikh organizations inclusive of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha and Gurdwara Soho Road, Birmingham, UK, took the responsibility for coating the shrine with fresh gold. During that time, they started working in February 1995 and finished in April 1999.