Amritsar, October 10, 2023: As per media reports, the SGPC has put a blanket ban on the use of any kind of perfume spray in Sri Dardar Sahib complex and other gurdwaras with an advisory to use ‘attar’ (a natural fragrant essential oil obtained from flowers or petals).
According to the news published in The Tribune, Devotees visiting Sri Dardar Sahib will not be allowed to spray perfume on ‘Palki Saheb’ (palanquin) or during the ‘parkash’ ceremony of Sri Guru Granth Sahib because it contains alcohol.
SGPC secretary Partap Singh said through a circular, the SGPC has ordered the gurdwara managements to stop the use of perfume In the gurdwaras and instead use ‘attar’.
As a practice in Sri Dardar Sahib during ‘Sukhasan’, devotees follow Sri Guru Granth Sahib carried in a grand palki in a procession and spray perfume and also during wee hours when the holy book is brought back to the sanctum sanctorum.
Similarly, on the Gurpurbs, especially during the Holla Mohalla festivities, thousands of devotees in Sri Dardar Sahib spray perfume in open and shower flower petals during the celebration.
During the ‘parkash’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, attar is applied on cotton and also on the rumalas.
Partap said, “Devotees present during the ‘parkash’ ceremony spray perfume. It impacts printing contents of the holy book. Moreover, perfume carries alcoholic contents, which is also against the ‘maryada’ inside any shrine. ‘Attar’ can be used without any objection.” – The Tribune reported.