It was way back 44 years ago in 1976 that the sacred tank at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib in Patiala had its last full cleaning. March 17th 2020 was the start date for the deep clean. Those coming to do Kar Sewa were coming from around the world to help with the event. Monday 16th March saw the deep clean called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It was after 44 years that the tank was to be distilled today (March 17th). A huge number of volunteers were due to assemble from across the state to participate in the cause.
Baba Inder Singh, in charge of the cleaning operation, said: “Sikhs have been calling up from across the world, requesting us to postpone the event. The gurdwara management and the district administration also requested it. We will announce the new date.”
The ninth Sikh master, Guru Teg Bahadur, had visited this spot and stayed here. Baba Inder Singh said: “For the first time, we would have cleaned the entire 25-foot depth. After the 1984 flush out operation of the Army, we cleaned only its upper few layers.”
The gurdwara management will hold Akhand Path (continuous prayer) from Tuesday for the welfare of the virus affected, with Bhog ceremony scheduled for March 19 at the shrine. Gurdwara manager Karnail Singh said: “It is in Sikh tradition to seek ‘Sarbat da Bhala’ (welfare of all).”