The dismantling of the Golden Temple replica in Punjabi Bagh Bharat Darshan Park was completed on Tuesday, said Manjinder Singh Sirsa, chairman of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara management committee.
The replica built by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation was dismantled by members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara management committee after discovering that it was against the principles of Sikhism.
BJP National spokesman RP Singh, however, said the issue was politicized. “We in our religion do not allow statues of our gurus, but such replicas can be found elsewhere as well.”
“There is a replica at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, also in Amritsar. I tweeted the photo, ”he said.
Bharat Darshan Park spans 8.5 acres, and replicas of 17 popular landmarks from across the country, including Mysore Palace, Charminar, and Khajuraho Temple, are built here from reclaimed materials.
More than 30 committee members and volunteers arrived at the site on Monday and began dismantling work, in which they also gained support from the civic organization, Sirsa said.
“The principles of the Sikh religion nowhere allow religious lines. The sacredness of the place cannot be maintained in such places. What if tomorrow someone starts worshiping here or walks into the place with shoes on. These are established principles that must be respected within such structures, ”he said.
South MCD Mayor Mukesh Suryan said the structure has now been kept on one side and can be reinstalled as it includes nuts and bolts. “We have not made any final decisions on this project as we will be discussing it with prominent scholars and scholars from the Sikh community.”
“It is unfortunate that Sirsa uses religious symbols for his politics. His politics in Delhi are ending, so he’s trying to get a political advantage out of it, ”he said.
He said the project was conceived over two years ago. “It was in the public domain that it was built. There was then no resistance. But now it’s done so that politics can be done about it, ”he said.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri laid the foundation stone for the park in January last year, on the theme “unity in diversity”.
Developed on the model of the Waste to Wonder theme park in Nizamuddin, it will host replicas of Charminar, Gateway of India, Konark Temple, Nalanda ruins, Mysore Palace, Meenakshi Temple, Hawa Mahal, Hampi ruins, Victoria Memorial, Sanchi Stupa, Gol Caves of Gumbaz and Ajanta Ellora, among other sites. The project is expected to be completed this year.
The whole project is estimated at around Rs 18-20 crore.
Replicas are built using scrap metal waste such as vehicles, fans, rods, iron sheets, and nuts and bolts collecting dust from municipal stores. There will be smart lighting of all monuments and a 1.5 km walking path in the park, in addition to a children’s play area.
Among other features, it will feature landscaping such as waterfalls, fountains, ponds, amphitheatres for cultural events, a food court featuring India’s leading cuisines, audio tours, cultural showcases and stalls. of photography, the official said.