Takht Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar dies of heart attack

ANANDPUR SAHIB—Giani Tarlochan Singh(59), Jathedar of  Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, one of the holiest Sikh shrines, died at Anandpur Sahib following a massive heart attack around 1 am on Wednesday.

The Jathedar suffered heart attack  few hours after he returned to Anandpur Sahib from Talwandi Sabo last night. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Giani Tarlochan Singh served as granthi and head granthi of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, before his elevation as Jathedar of the Takht in 2003. His cremation would take place at Anandpur Sahib at 10 am on August 1.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal visited Anandpur Sahib to pay his last respect to  Giani Tarlochan Singh  today and shared his grief with bereaved family.

Chief Minister described Giani Tarlochan Singh  as a great sikh scholar who propagated the tenets of Sikhism in every nook and corner of the world through his religious discourses, adding that the void caused due to the death of Giani Tarlochan Singh Ji in the arena of Sikh religious affairs was difficult to be filled.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Special Principal Secretary  KJS Cheema. Prominent amongst other who were present included  Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh , SGPC president Jathedar Avtar Makkar, General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, Rupnagar MLA Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema.

Bhog and Antim Ardas of Giani Tarlochan Singh would be held on August 10 at Anandpur Sahib. Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal has also expressed his grief over the death of  Giani Tarlochan Singh.

Originally published by hindustantimes.com, commentary by Sikh24.com Editors.