Gold walls for Bangla Sahib Gurdwara

Posted: June 17, 2010 in My Thoughts., pain, sikhism, Soch

Here we go again… Around 125 kg of gold, costing nearly Rs 23.75 crore (as per the current market rate) will be required for the ambitious project.

This is what we need as devotee Sikhs, to go to Gurudwara sahib and walk around the walls made of gold.. that’s what Sikhism means, thats what over the years speaking about the religion, studying the religion, the caretakers of the religion have realised.

For them loosing the culture, heritage is of no value, Working for the uplift of the poor or the needy is NOT what our Gurus taught us…

For them the Glitter is of more value then saving our basic Human values, which was held esteem by our Gurus.

but then what do I know, I am just a common man trying to think or make some rationale out of such decisions made by some.. maybe I am wrong OR AM I….

According to the piece of news “Bangla Sahib was built in 1783 and is associated with the Eighth Sikh Master, Guru Har Krishan. Originally a bungalow stood at the site, hence the name “Bangla Sahib.“.. So not only have we lost the heritage building associated with the eighth Guru sahib.. we are now wasting all this money .. which can be used for a lot of good.

This is not the only place where this has happened, At Fatehgarh sahib I distinctively remember when I had gone in 1985 , I could see the Wall where the Two Sahibzada’s,  Sahibzada Fateh Singh and his elder brother, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh were martyred .

Sahibzada  Fateh Singh is probably the youngest recorded martyr in history who knowingly laid down his life at the very tender age of 6 years, I would rather let my kids and the next generation know and See the historic place then the marble, how so ever costly or beautiful it may be.. In summers its So hot you can hardly walk on it.  Yet we have spoilt our heritage, the Sikh heritage .. When I went in 2001, It has been DECORATED with marble and you can hardly see it.

All over the world when every other religion is trying and doing there best to conserve there heritage we on other side are not ashamed of spoiling it.

I would have preferred to see the money spent on the restoration of the place instead  see gold plated walls, What are we trying to portray how rich the Sikh religion is.. No wonder all the officer bearers are no one but the politicians.

There are umpteen issues that can be solved with all that money if spent properly Hospitals, schools, refuge centres, Old age homes. What is worst is the so called leaders hue and cry when the court case comes about the 1984 riot victims , Should this money not be spent on the rehabilitation of such people.

If it was the Government in power doing this the same leaders would say Govt. is not looking after the interests of Sikhs , Yet we ourself don’t care.

Sikhism is the youngest of the religions yet ours is the only religion which is full of so many bad people, Bad influences, bad ideas..

Education in punjab is at lowest, A school in Gurdaspur district has earned the dubious distinction of having the lowest pass percentage in Class X examination conducted by the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) as only one of its 139 candidates managed to pass. Should we not think about that ? 
If the govt is not doing anything then why can’t the Gurudwara committees think about it , after all most of the Sikh population is in Punjab.

Water scarcity in the state, Why cant we spend this money in helping get water to the needy?

Electricity scarcity in the state, Why cant we spend this money in helping generate more electricity which will help millions ?

Farmers are committing suicides, Why cant we help them ?

Or do our leaders think with so much heartaches, depressions and every other bad feeling, we should come to Gurudwara sahibs , feel proud to see gold plated walls, feel elated touching it. It is indeed a shame that the people who we have chosen to be our representatives take such silly decisions.

It is quiet strange that we get so emotional , angry when someone talks against sikhism yet we are the same people who do nothing or have done nothing for our next generation, it indeed is a pity.. All the teachings told by our gurus have indeed fallen on deaf ears.. because we definitely have not followed them at all.

I am afraid that the youngest religion is running downhill….

  1. Its just not sikhism…its about all the religions…people neglect the common man and their problems…all the money gets pumped towards building huge religious places etc…who cares about the followers. It's all about money.


  2. Harman says:

    I agree with you…we need to concentrate on common mans point of view…. even if you see golden temple…there are thousands of people everyday,and pick pocketer s are also there.. no hard and fast rule for that…and then..look at punjab..maximum drug addiction is there..what is govt. doin?? Gold walls wont solve the purpose…


  3. A says:

    Bik,I wish I could present a counter argument. I don't have any. You are on the spot.Rationalizing by comparing with wrong aspects of other religions would not help either.


  4. BK Chowla, says:

    I am in agreement with you.Incidentally, it was only on Monday bthat I visited Bangla Sahib at DElhi


  5. Phoenixritu says:

    We have reduced ourselves to a nation of temple builders, instead of a nation that looks after our society and works towards its betterment. Sad


  6. Neha says:

    what all people do in the name of the religion? these things are nothing but to roll the black money..corruption is going to finish the country!


  7. kavita says:

    Bikram,i completely agree with you on this.


  8. Insignia says:

    I agree without any argument Bik. I sometime back went to a temple. And I was shocked about a couple of things. I will be soon writing about it. Thanks for this post. Bang on target!!


  9. magiceye says:

    man will fight with another for the sake of 'god' and die in the process….as long as he is stupid enough to follow the self-styled religious leaderssad but true


  10. Bikramjit says:

    @Gayathri:- yeha so very true, and definitely as you say its all about money, religion has become a tool for politicians to get votes .. @Harman:- yupp I know exactly what you mean, its a pity people dont understand and no one seems to be doing anything about it … @A:- Thanks mate, I am not comparing with other religions , I am just saying Ours is youngest and yet look where we are.. its a pity..


  11. Bikramjit says:

    @Chowla sir:- Thanks pity state of affairs we have, hopefully common sense will prevail… @Ritu:- Exactly my point, nothing else to do lets build a temple or gurudwara, I mean how many do we need .. How many will suffice .. enough is enough now .. do something else .. think about society the basic teacheings of the Guru's were always involved around basic human needs , humanity and yet we do what we are doing and that too BOASTING about it ..@Neha:- yes what all they do, pity it is. definitely so much money is donated , The gurudwara's are so rich , yet spending that money which people have given for the upkeep etc or to be used wisely.. is not being used wisely.. building khadi kar do bas.. THATS what is wise..


  12. Bikramjit says:

    @KAvita:- Thanks for agreeing .. lets hope lots more agree and something does happen @Insignia:- looking forward to that article.. Thank you as i mentioned earlier hope common sense prevails over us mortals … @Magiceye :- hard truth my friend.. thats the truth. .we fight each others like cats adn dogs just because we are born in a different religion.. yet none of the Gods, gurus ever taught to fight amongst each other .. SAD


  13. CutePriya says:

    Thanks for bringing the cause to light Maan sahib…this is true and as Gayathri puts it, is not just the case with a particular religion. Some people have sunk our heads so low that they guise every action as determined by religion. While the gurus have taught us to be "ONE"…


  14. A says:

    Bik,You are not comparing with other religions. But I saw some comments indicating that other relgions are the same.


  15. Exactly my thoughts. You are not alone. Hey you are in UK, last year at Summer Solstice in Espenola ( we heard these stories about palatial Gurudwaras in UK and especially Bedford Gurudwara from those who came from England. Those young people run a site called http://www.projectnaad.comCommon man/woman can definitely choose not to fund such projects that they do not consider are serving the panth. Here I found this info last week from a gentleman. IK and I have decided to commit our dasvandh by adopting a book @ am sad to know the wall @ Fateh Garh Sahib is now all marble when I last visited it was coated with somekind of synthetic paint. Last I was in Taran taran Sahib my feet were burning on the sarovar parikarma, it was all marble largest sarovar in the world and not one tree. Eh saare Kaar seva wale vadan wale ne… I also came to know they have cremated so many of ancient Sikh texts and artifacts. They are hell bent on destroying Sikh history. That is really a sad state of affairs. But you should keep writing about it and raising your voice you are not alone. Bhai Ghanaya's spirit of seva is lost in these high rise gold plastered buildings.Rabb de jine khair khawa apani apani den salah…Main vi apane do anne paa dite :).PS: Sikhism is the 5th largest religion on the phase of earth.Peace,Desi Girl


  16. Madhu says:

    common sense isnt that common now days…pity!


  17. karan a says:

    Very bold and thought provoking post!


  18. Bikramjit says:

    @CutePriya :- Thanks , yeah sorry state of affairs we have .. very true gurus taught us to be one but we have become many now … Thanks @A:- Yeah i understand .. Thanks again@girsduidetosurvival:- I will definitely visit all these sites you have mentioned. and as you mentioned Har koi apni soch te chal riha hai, apni apni salah de rahe ne .. lets hope koi taan sunne te kuch kare … Sikhism is the 5th largest but very young compared to others only 300+ years old we are … Thanks for the lovely comment.. always welcome here @Madhu:- Eggjactly common sense hoti to aisa na hota.. its a rare thing slowly gettign extinct… @Karan a :- Thanks a lot.. hope it does provoke some thoughts in people and they do the right thing ..


  19. Sikhism is the fifth largest and 500 yrs old. 311 yrs since khalsa. We count from the times of Guru Nanak, he had a great following.Friend, don't wait for anyone to listen and do something, just do it what you think is right.The person who gave me info about adopt a book project he also said something that I liked: "Its better to ask for forgiveness after you have done something you felt is required than to wait for someone to give you permission." I am reading this book listening to this hope you'll enjoy it too.Peace,Desi Girl


  20. Was down with fever. ut it seems you are running a high temp with this idea of gold plating Bangla Sahib. Gold plating is a signal of the might of sikhs and what they can afford, tomorrow people might come to see this beautigful golden Gurudwara. And think of the people who will be employed in this mammoth job – they will earna livelihood. Maybe God knows that people can't spend as charity but he knows many will earn with job and thus allows these things to happen. Sikhs are much better off with charity than most of the other religions.


  21. Prateek says:

    Remember the saying: "All that glitters is not gold."The gold on the Gurudwaras, the rich temples of South India…all these are something we should not be proud of.I was reading Swami Vivekanand some days back, he said that education and upliftment of poor will bring India forward not more religion. A hungry man is more interested in food than following religion.P.S. Even the domes of Nanak Pio Gurdwara are being covered with gold.


  22. Bikramjit says:

    @girlsguidetosurvival:- Yeah you are right. I will look at the links you have sent. Thanks.@Rinzu Rajan :- I know what you said .. Thanks for the comment. Y did u delete it :)@The holy lama:- if only it was what u say.. jobs for people.. Pity its not that.. lots of better things can be done … I am sure @Prateek:- thanks for visiting.. Oh yes hungry man is bothered about food and not religion wish the leaders and all can understand that … What swami vivekanand said was true and IS TRUE and WILL be TRUE.. pity every one says it , people who are inpower say it .. BUt they dont do anything about it .. Sad State of our country Thanks for the comment.


  23. Shobha says:

    This is really true though sad.It has been my dream to visit The Golden Temple.Loved all your thoughts that you have penned…very nice blog and I will go through it all leisurely.My neice also writes should read her blog posts sometime.You will find her blog in my listDreamz Forever:


  24. Anonymous says:

    I don't have words. I find christians to be better than us Sikhs. They spend on charity more than anything.., have you seen any gold plated church !! For us only show-off has value… !!


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