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Akal Takht tells gurdwaras to lower loudspeaker volume

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, today directed all gurdwaras to limit the volume of their loudspeakers so that their neighbourhoods are not disturbed.

Takht jathedar Gurbachan Singh also announced here the excommunication of radio host Harnek Singh Neki, who is accused of distorting religious hymns.

In a directive to all heads, the Takht said loudspeakers should not be at high volume during the daily katha' (discourse) and for 'kirtan' recitals.

Several organisations had approached the in the past, seeking directions to management committees against the use of loudspeakers at high volume.

They had complained that discourses broadcast at high volume disturbed students and the elderly.

The jathedar also referred to the reported sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib, saying in most cases the gross negligence of priests and committees was involved.

He said if these cases happen again, those responsible will not be supplied copies of the scripture and will also face religious punishment.

had been summoned earlier by the Akal Takht to offer his clarification, but failed to turn up.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:45 IST