New Delhi: The Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, in the heart of the national capital, is being decorated for its re-opening more than two months after its doors were forced to shut in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The preparations began a day after the Central government gave a green signal to open places of faith from June 8. The religious establishments have been shut since March 25 when the lockdown was imposed to break the chain of coronavirus.
Talking to IANS, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, said that the holy place is being illuminated with light and adorned. “This is being done as the holy place is opening after two months. The decoration will be completed by June 7,” he added.
Listing the precautionary measures, he said: “Entry and exit points are being made in a way so that people can quickly come in and out of the place with adequate social distancing. Other measures are being devised right now. We are waiting for the government to issue standard operating procedures.”
The Health Ministry will soon issue the standard operating procedures in consultation with the Central ministries and other stakeholders for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of virus.
Even during the pandemic, the Gurdwara was feeding thousands of people by following a systematic procedure and following social distancing and other hygiene norms.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent houses of worship in Delhi and is known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the holy reservoir inside its complex, known as the ‘Sarovar’.