AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Under the garb of renovation, the SGPC has started inscribing the artwork portraying Hindu deities on the walls of sanctum Sikh shrine Sri Harmandir Sahib. Notably, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee is the supreme Sikh organization constituted to manage the Sikh shrines. Due to dominance of some anti-Sikh powers within the SGPC, the Sikh tenets and Sikh shrines were being targeted continuously from long time.
Independent SGPC member and Convener of Singh Sabha (Punjab) S. Hardeep Singh informed Sikh24 that the SGPC has destroyed the earlier floral artwork from the walls of central Sikh shrine under the garb of renovation. Citing the disappearance of gates of entrance plaza of sanctum sanctorum Sri Darbar Sahib, S. Hardeep Singh alleged that the Sikh religion was being targeted by Hindu radicals in a deliberated way. These gates had been removed several years ago by the SGPC, however, they have not been put back.
He alleged that the temples around Sri Harmandir Sahib were being emerged deliberately and the pro-Hindu elements were active continuously to project name of Sri Harmandir Sahib as ‘Golden Temple’.
Sikh24 tried to reach SGPC president Avtar Makkar about this issue, however, we were not able to get in touch with him despite multiple efforts.
“These floral paintings will last several decades, in fact, even centuries due to modern techniques. After a few years, Sikh sangat will forget about the issue and the coming generations will believe that the Harmandir Sahib always had such artwork,” said S. Gurcharan Singh, a notable historian based in Sri Amritsar. He said the SGPC had committed a blunder by removing the earlier artwork. “We know that the artwork was fading and colours were coming off, however, instead of fixing the original paintings, SGPC totally erased our history. Some of the earlier paintings had Gurbani beautifully inscribed over it,” said S. Gurcharan Singh while speaking with Sikh24.