Darbar Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, located in Amritsar, Punjab, attracts thousands of devotees from around the world everyday. This iconic shrine, with its stunning architecture and golden exterior, holds immense spiritual significance.
But recently you might have come across a news article, saying “Perfumes Banned In The Golden Temple” and might be wondering why? Here’s Why SGPC took this step and Banned Perfumes Usage in Golden Temple And Other Gurdwaras!
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Banned the use of perfume Spray on the Shri Guru Granth Sahib, on 10th of October. In Darbar Sahib Perfumes are sprayed while bringing the holy Saroop from Sri Akal Takht and at the time of Sukh asana.
The action was taken because the Perfumes impact the printing of the Guru Granth Sahib and also many Perfumes include alcohol, which can’t be used inside any shrine.
Partap Singh, the secretary of SGPC said, “Devotees present during the ‘parkash’ ceremony spray perfume. It impacts the printing contents of the holy book. Moreover, perfume carries alcoholic contents, which is also against the ‘maryada’ inside any shrine. ‘Attar’ can be used without any objection.”
Also some devotees complain of itching in the eyes because of the excessive use of Perfumes, after speculating on all these things the step was taken by SGPC. Though the use of ‘Attar’ can be used which is made of essential oil derived from botanical or other natural sources.