Devotees throng Gurdwaras across National Capital

New Delhi: Many devotees on Monday thronged Gurdwaras across the National Capital Delhi and offered prayers and listened to ”shabad kirtans’ after religious places were opened for devotees after almost two and half months period .

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 Devottees did ‘sewa’ and helped in preparing Vegetables /chapattis in the ‘langar’ or community kitchen area The enthusiasm of the devotees was multiplied when they were allowed to perform virtuous sewas at the Gurdwaras after long intervals due to national lockdown

The holy Sikh shrines saw religious fervour and devotion when people reached in in early morning to offer prayers at gurdwaras. The devotees continued to reach all gurdwaras later in the day also.

The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara 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,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the president of DSGMC, said.He said that gurdwars will be sanitised after regular intervals by the Sewadars (Voluteers ) of the committees .

The head scarf given to non sikhs devottees to cover the head will not be given as precautionary measures and all devottees have been asked to cover their head from cloth , cap , handkerchief etc said Manjinder Singh Sirsa President DSGMC

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, said Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chairman Manjinder Singh Sirsa.