Controversy at an Iranian Gurdwara after construction of a “Thara” to bath the bodies of the dead.
AMRITSAR: Sikhs of Iran are up against each other on the issue of maryada (Sikh code of conduct) following the construction of a thara (morgue stand) in the washroom of Tehran’s Gurdwara Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha premises which has posed the risk of sealing of the place by the Iranian government.
A senior Iranian Sikh, Pervinder Singh Chandok, told TOI over phone from Tehran on Friday that new committee of the gurdwara had constructed a morgue stand for bathing the bodies before performing cremation. “This amounts to absolute insult as there is divine parkash (installation) of Guru Granth Sahib, and it is not an area in a cremation ground where such practice is allowed,” he said, adding that there couldn’t be any “thara” for bathing the dead in a gurdwara complex.
Stating that it was an illegal practice that could invite wrath from the local Iranian population, Chandok said it could even lead to the sealing of the gurdwara by the government. He said he had brought the issue to the knowledge of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to raise it at an international level. Chandok is also an international adviser and coordinator of Iran Kabaddi Federation. Sikhs are a small community of Iran with their population sharply declining to around 175 families from earlier more than a 1,000. There are two gurdwaras situated each at Tehran and Zahed.
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