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Majithia undergoes penance, washes utensils at Nanded shrine

PTI  Mumbai, May 08, 2014
First Published: 20:25 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 20:27 IST(8/5/2014)

Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, was handed religious punishment for distorting a Sikh hymn by incorporating BJP candidate Arun Jaitley's name in it, on Thursday performed 'Sewa' (religious service) at Takht Sachkhand Sahib at Abchal Nagar in Nanded.

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He washed utensils and listened to the Gurbani Kirtan inside the premises, Takht sources said.

The minister is undergoing the 'tankha' (penance) following the recent ruling by the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs after he was indicted by jathedars of the five Takhts for distorting the religious hymns of tenth Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh.

The Jathedars of the five Takhts pronounced religious punishment to Majithia on May 1 for his "blasphemous act".

Majithia was directed to undergo Sewa (religious service) at all five Takhts and at Akal Takht Amritsar.

Majithia, during an election campaign in favour BJP candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Arun Jaitley, distorted the 'shabad' (hymn) of Guru Gobind Singh.

Sikhs reacted in anger and urged the Jathedar Akal Takht to hand over severe punishment to Majithia so that nobody could dare to repeat such a thing in future.

The Sikh clergy while pronouncing religious punishment had directed the minister to perform religious service in the community kitchens of five Takhts including at Amritsar, Patna Sahib, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib, Takht Sachkhand Sahib at Abchal Nagar in Nanded and Takht Dam-Dama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo in Punjab.

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