Work begins for the Bluestar Memorial for ‘Sikh martyrs’

Work on the memorial dedicated to the “Sikh martyrs” who lost their lives in the 1984 Operation Bluestar an operation by the Army to flush out militants from Golden Temple,which allegedly led to the death of several civilians began on Sunday at the Golden Temple.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published:May 21, 2012 3:45 am

Work on the memorial dedicated to the “Sikh martyrs” who lost their lives in the 1984 Operation Bluestar — an operation by the Army to flush out militants from Golden Temple,which allegedly led to the death of several civilians — began on Sunday at the Golden Temple.

Amid a record rush of devotees at the Golden Temple,the work (kar sewa) began with digging of earth by the Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh,Takht Damdama Sahib chief Balwant Singh Nandgarh,Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Chief Giani Tarlochan Singh,SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and Sikh Seminary Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa. The SGPC has entrusted Khalsa to carry out the Kar Sewa.

Giani Gurbachan Singh on Sunday issued directions that neither will any donation box be put up at the site to collect monetary contributions for the memorial,nor anyone will be authorised to collect donations. “Anyone who wished to contribute,should approach Damdami Taksal,which has been entrusted with the task to carry out the work,” he added.

The memorial,which is coming up,will be eight cornered (octagonal) with 31.5 feet by 31.5 feet dimensions and its height will be 18 feet — lesser than the that of the Thara Sahib Gurdwara.

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