Rashmi Talwar

Golden Temple turns bridal with exotic flowers on first Parkash Purav

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Amritsar: The Golden Temple Amritsar was ornamented with exotic flower decorations to mark the first Parkash Utsav (opening ceremony) of the Holy Guru Granth Sahib Sunday.

This day commemorates the first Parkash (opening ceremony) of the holy book. The day is an important landmark for Sikhs as the community considers the Holy Book as a living Guru.

Around 25 varieties of aromatic and exotic flowers including macrophylla – French Hydrangeas, black orchids, Cymbidum or boat orchid, daisies, and Penelope a kind of musk rose besides varieties of poppy adorned the flower display. About 10 truckloads of flowers worth Rs 4 crore having high shelf life were specially imported from the Netherlands, Thailand, and Singapore, and flown from Banglore, Kolkata, and New Delhi, to embellish the shrine, on the occasion.

The shrine is seeing a maximum number of pilgrims during this festivity, informed Jagtar Singh Shoora, the shrine’s environment manager.


PICS BY Rashmi Talwar.

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