Punjab Authorities flayed over poor repairs of Sikh image at Kartarpur hall
Kartarpur Hall, Nov 15
A Dubai-based businessman Dr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi, recognized for having undertaken quite a few philanthropic initiatives within the state, is shocked on the Punjab Authorities’s insolence and insensitivity in sustaining a spiritual monument, on which he had spent lakhs of rupees simply three years in the past.
A visibly dejected Oberoi stated he would do a re-think on whether or not to finance any future tasks in Punjab or not.
After receiving common complaints that the bronze Ek Onkar icon, an emblem of Sikh faith, which he had put in in November 2019 at value of Rs 40 lakh, had been gathering grime and dirt, he determined to pay a go to to the location as we speak.
In October, 2019, the Punjab Authorities, bereft of funds, had approached him with a request to construct a monument “which might embody Sikh tenets.” Oberoi employed the most effective of architects, bought the best marble, raced towards time and at last on November 4, simply 5 days earlier than the hall’s inauguration, the construction was handed over to the state authorities. The icon is mounted on layers of white marble, is 31 toes above the bottom and was established on the T-point, the doorway of the hall.
It was a standard website to see pilgrims taking images standing moreover it.
Three years on, the vagaries of nature have diminished it to a ramshackle determine.
Devotees not take photos, a transparent indication that the icon has fallen on unhealthy days. “The Mool-Mantar, the 13-word opening phrase of the Guru Granth Sahib, was inscribed in indelible ink. The ‘rabab’ (musical instrument) of Bhai Mardana, the very long time companion of Guru Nanak, was positioned on the website so as to add aesthetic attraction. If they didn’t have cash, they may have approached me. If I can construct it I may maintain it,” he stated.
Oberoi had shot into prominence when he paid $1.4 million as blood cash to launch 17 Punjabi boys incarcerated in a Dubai jail for murdering a Pakistani nationwide. He additionally operated chartered flights from the UAE to India throughout Covid within the course of rescuing a whole bunch of Punjabi trapped in Dubai. That is moreover donating ventilators to civil hospitals throughout the state.
Oberoi has requested Dr Satnam Singh Nijjar, chairman of the District Planning Board, to make preparations to deliver the construction again to its unique glory.