As India slowly opens back up during the ongoing Unlock 1.0, many religious establishments have been allowed to open and welcome people. Amritsar’s Golden Temple is one among the many religious institutions to open and even resume serving ‘langar’ to the devotees. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Religious places across the country reopened recently after being closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Recently, the establishments were reopened and one among them was Amritsar’s Golden Temple.

But unlike other religious places, the Golden Temple, unlike the country’s lockdown guidelines, have started serving ‘langar’ and distributing ‘prasad.’ The Central Government had passed permissions for religious places to reopen on the context that physical offerings and other practices would not be followed, so as to avoid risking community transmission.

 

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Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh stated that he and his government do not believe in intervening with the religious practices and customs of any religion. According to some online reports,  Gobind Singh Longowal, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had apparently requested the Union Government to revise the protocols stating that serving of ‘langar’ and ‘prasad’ is part of the ritual in the Sikh community.

According to some other reports, some even argued that the gurudwara and other religious institutions were asked to help provide food for the destitute and needy, during the lockdown. And that, they comply with and ensure proper hygiene and safety measures at the community kitchens.

 

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Additionally, those devotees entering the temple premises undergo thermal screening and medical experts are also present at the temple’s entry points.

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