MONTE CARLO, Monaco—Pictures have emerged on social media of Dr.
Kamalroop Singh (PhD) and some of his associates from the Lion Jatha
(UK) taking Guru Granth Sahib Ji to the Opèra Monte Carlo and
conducting an Anand Karaj the week of November 1. Pictures show beadbi (sacrilege)
being committed at the Opera House with the attendees sitting on
chairs and many people not having their heads covered.
further shows a person named Simran Singh from UK putting his feet
on the rumala sahib.
Guru Granth Sahib Ji was brought to the Opera House in direct
violation of the 1998 Akal Takht Sahib Hukamnama issued in 1998
restricting all Sikhs from taking Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji to
hotels, banqueting suites, bars or any such establishment which
serves meat, alcohol and tobacco. However, in direct opposition to
the edict, the saroop was brought from the UK and kept for many days
in a hotel room at Le Merdian Hotel in Monte Carlo before the
Dr. Kamalroop Singh from UK has faced much criticism by the
worldwide Sikh Sangat for committing beadbi. In his posts over
social media, Kamalroop Singh has attempted to cite the excuse that
the family had to no choice but to book a Casino for an ‘Anand
Karaj’ as there is no Gurdwara in Monte Carlo. Rather the truth is
transparent that a rich family (Ahluwalia family, former owners of
Euro Car Parts) wanted a lavish wedding and the Blue Lion Jatha
In a post on Facebook, Kamalroop Singh said –
“Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa Vahiguru ji Ki fateh! Recently someone in
Monaco got married. There is no Gurdwara there. As the maryada
is that a Hotel cannot be used to do parkash of Guru Sahib Ji
the Royal Opera House was hired. Five Singhs took Guru Maharaj’s
Svari as per maryada to and from London. On both occasions the
airport staff allowed us to maintain the maximum level of satkar
for Guru Granth Sahib maharaj. A Singh was with Guru ji’s sarup
24 hours a day.
If any mistake were made they were made unknowingly and we have
asked Guru Sahib for his mercy and ask the Sangat to please
forgive us for those mistakes.
In the Opera Hall every person had their head covered in Guru
ji’s presence and had no shoes on at all. No matter if they were
staff or not. The family sat on the stage area, however it could
not hold everyone. Therefore, chairs were used but they were
below Guru Sahib’s palki level, which was specially designed to
be higher. We sometimes sit on chairs with Guru ji, on trains,
planes and automobiles. As there is no Gurdwara there was no
other alternative. But all other maryada was kept, the area was
even cleaned with dudh (milk), and all took shoes off and
covered their heads.
We are concerned about the elevation of people sitting, are
there not balconies in Harmandhir Sahib for sangat to sit and
listen to keertan? Do people at the top not walk over Maharajs
svari below? Are they not in a higher elevation than Guru Sahib
there? Are they really higher than Guru sahib?
Dr. Kamalroop Singh has exercised the excuse that there is no
Gurdwara within Monaco, which is true, however, there are many
gurdwaras in neighboring Italy, where the ceremony could have been
conducted. Other possibilities include a residence or any other
place where alcohol is not served.
The Sikh Rehit Maryada, in Chapter IV, Article V, Point n.,states that
no one is allowed to sit on a chair in the divan of Guru Granth
Sahib Ji. In picture and within Dr. Kamalroop Singh’s letter, it is
obvious that the sangat sat on chairs, and that is in direct
violation of Maryada.