The Fact News Service
Tarn Taran, June 13
In the view of COVID-19 situation in the state, the management of Gurudwara Tarn Taran Sahib has decided the limit the number of Shabeel stall to only four for the occasion of Shaheedi Diwas (Martyrdom Day) of the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjun Dev to be observed on Monday i.e, June 14.
While there were no programs due to the COVID-19 outbreak last year, the Gurdwara management informed that at least 75-80 Shabeel (traditional sherbet) stalls are set up every year on this day.
“This year, the Shabeel will be only available for the devotees on four points which is usually used for serving drinking water to devotees,” informed Dharwinder Singh, manager Shri Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran.
Dharwinder further informed that every year, the Gurudwara holds a week-long program but all the programs were canceled owing to COVID-19.
“Though we have not been issued any directions from the administration, as responsible members of the society, we have canceled many programs even the 24 hours long program on the occasion of Chaudas and Massya that is organized in Diwan Hall. Many devotees stay in Gurudwara premises at night to attend all the programs,” he said.
Although the COVID-19 positive cases are on the decline in the state, a mass gathering remains a concern for the administration as well as the government. The Gurdwara management however said that though their Sewadars will be urging the devotees to maintain, they can’t strictly dictate COVID-19 preventive rules on devotees.
“We have deputed 4 to 5 Sewadars each in all the four gates of Gurudwara Sahib who will be requesting the people to maintain a social distance but we can’t do anything more than that since it is a religious place and people are sensitive about it,” Gurudwara Sahib manager informed.
It is worth mentioning that the Tarn Taran district caters to around 489 villages and the majority of the devotees who will be paying obeisance to Gurudwara Tarn Taran Sahib from rural areas.
A Gurdwara Sewadar requesting anonymity shared that people usually don’t wear a mask and follow other COVID rules inside the Gurudwara premises as they believe that this is where they will find the solution to all their problems.
“Earlier, many called Gurudwara Tarn Taran Sahib also as Dukhniwaran Sahib. Devotees from far-off places come here to take blessings in Guru Arjun Dev’s Nagri. People are not worried about COVID inside Gurdwara premises,” he said.
Guru Arjun Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru was the first Sikh martyr. He was born in Goindwal Sahib, Tarn Taran district. Mughal Emperor Jahangir ordered Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru be tortured and sentenced to death after the Guru had refused to stop preaching his message of God as started by Guru Nanak Dev.
On June 16, 1606, Guru Arjun Dev died after being tortured for five days by the Mughal government led by Emperor Jahangir. Sikhs observe the Martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev every year on the same day as Shaheedi Diwas of Guru Arjun Dev.