Perneet Singh, Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 25. Amidst all the controversies sparked by it over the last one year, the Operation Bluestar Memorial has taken the final shape much before its June 6 deadline. The occasion was marked by starting an “akhand path” at the memorial this morning after installing the Guru Granth Sahib there. The “path” began in the presence of Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa and Giani Mal Singh, head granthi of the Golden Temple.
Talking to The Tribune, Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa said the memorial would be dedicated to the Sikh community on April 27. The Sikh clergy and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar are expected to attend the event. The foundation stone of the memorial was laid on June 6 last year, the 28th anniversary of the army operation, though its “kar sewa” had begun on May 20 last year. It took the Damdami Taksal, which was entrusted with the “kar sewa” by the SGPC, just around 11 months to complete the construction work of the memorial.
The memorial building is octagonal in shape and has doors in three directions. The area of the memorial complex is 60 feet x 65 feet, out of which the building has been constructed on 31 feet x 31 feet area.
The memorial’s height has been kept 2 feet shorter than the adjacent Gurdwara Thara Sahib building to maintain the status of the gurdwara.
A dome has not been built atop the memorial as Gurdwara Thara Sahib too doesn’t have it.