Photography banned in Golden Temple

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
SGPC has decided to ban photography and videography in the precincts of Golden Temple, while photography was never allowed inside the sanctum, it would no longer be allowed even in the Parkarma of Sarovar.

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The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has banned any videography and photography in Golden Temple complex. Though the committee has not given any reason for the sudden decision, it has put up boards in Golden Temple complex reading: “Photography and videography is strictly prohibited in the precincts of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the spiritual center of the world.”

SGPC additional manager Rajinder Singh Ruby confirmed to TOI on Monday that the body had decided to not allow any kind of photography and videography in the premises of Sikh’s most revered shrine. It is a norm even for the world leaders visiting Golden Temple to click photographs with Golden Temple in the backdrop. Even SGPC secretariat has been forwarding such photographs to mediapersons for publishing. The additional manager, didn’t explain as to why the decision was taken.

Immediately after the announcement, TOI team visited Golden Temple to know the reaction of the devotees but found that hardly anyone was stopped from taking the photos or make videos during their visit, except a few.

Devotee from Kanpur Rajni Sharma said, “I am not aware of any such directions. We have made good videos and I have sent some of the pictures and videos to my children in Australia.”

When asked her reaction if she was stopped to take videos, she replied, “If a decision is taken by the management, then there must have been some reason but I don’t see any. These are the lifelong memories,” she said.

Another devotee Ravinder Singh who lives in the vicinity of Golden Temple said there had never been any such ‘dictatorial’ decision. “Not even during the days of militancy. I wonder why the SGPC has taken the decision. I remember that anyone was allowed to take picture inside Golden Temple complex even during the days of unrest in Punjab,” he added.

Repeated attempts to seek comments from SGPC president Gonind Singh Longowal were in vain as no one answered his phone.

Source: ToI
 

rrjohn

New Member
I've read about this. Apparently, the governing body thinks the way tourists crowd around for selfies is disrespectful to pilgrims (I have to agree with them here. Overzealous tourists can become troublesome to others around in case they cannot keep their excitement in check). They wish to maintain the sanctity of the holiest place for Sikhs. But they've also said they may allow (on a case-by-case basis) official delegates and other VIPs to take a few snapshots. I'm sure that will be helpful. It is, after all, one of the most awesome places to visit in India and any memories of it - photographs, for instance - will be cherished much.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
I've read about this. Apparently, the governing body thinks the way tourists crowd around for selfies is disrespectful to pilgrims (I have to agree with them here. Overzealous tourists can become troublesome to others around in case they cannot keep their excitement in check). They wish to maintain the sanctity of the holiest place for Sikhs. But they've also said they may allow (on a case-by-case basis) official delegates and other VIPs to take a few snapshots. I'm sure that will be helpful. It is, after all, one of the most awesome places to visit in India and any memories of it - photographs, for instance - will be cherished much.
In eyes of the God, everyone should be equal. Then why allow VIPs to take selfies and stop others?
 
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