New Delhi, Jun 8 : "Dev Darshan" . After a hiatus of two and a half months enforced due to national lockdown, when gurdwaras across the capital opened Monday they witnessed a sea of devotees who offered prayers and listened to 'shabad kirtans' zestfully.
The historic Gurdwaras were decked up with flowers, hoardings and several colourful gates to welcome pilgrims and 'Langars' (community kitchen), were arranged at most gurdwaras. Many devotees did 'sewa' and helped in preparing vegetables /chapatis in the 'langar' area. The devotees were elated as they were allowed to perform virtuous sewas at the Gurdwaras after a long time.
The holy Sikh shrines were crowded with devotees since morning itself but worshippers continued to reach all gurdwaras later in the day also. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) said social distancing norms will be strictly enforced at the shrines to check coronavirus infection, with special focus on Sis Ganj Sahib, Bangla Sahib and Rakabganj gurudwaras that attract large numbers of devotees.
"We are increasing the number of entry and exit points so that people do not come in contact with others and leave the premises after prayers," DSGMC President Manjinder Singh Sirsa said and added that gurdwaras will be sanitised after regular intervals by the Sewadars (Volunteers) of the committees.
The head scarf given to non-sikhs devotees to cover the head will not be given as precautionary measures and all devotees have been asked to cover their head from cloth, cap, handkerchief among others, Mr Sirsa said. Sanitisation tunnels have been set up at major gurdwaras and social distancing is being enforced by ensuring that people do not stay longer inside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrines, he added. (UNI)