In what would be remembered as a sad memory for the Sikh community all over the world, following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, three of the last six saroops or copies of the holy scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, have been evacuated from the war-torn country on a flight to India.
Images have come from the Kabul airport where three men were carrying the saroops of the “Living Guru” on their heads barefoot.
For the Sikh community all over the world, Sri Guru Granth Sahib is more than just a holy scripture for them. It is rather considered as their ‘Living Guru’ as it contains the Gurbani — the teachings of ten Gurus of Sikhism, including the founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and V Muraleedharan received the 3 copies of Guru Granth Sahib and 44 Afghan Sikhs who were among the 78 people evacuated from Kabul on a special Air India flight after a stopover in Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe.
He tweeted that “Blessed to receive & pay obeisance to three holy Swaroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from Kabul to Delhi a short while ago,” along with that he also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for carrying out rescue operations from Afghanistan and said the government is in touch with those in the country.
Now sources claim that the three scroops will be located to Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara in Delhi’s New Mahavir Nagar locality.
As of last year, there were 13 copies of the holy scripture in Afghanistan, seven of them were already sent to India last year when an ISIS terrorist stormed into a Gurudwara and killed 25 Sikhs over there.
The Indian government is rapidly ramping up its evacuation plans and ever since 15th August, it has managed to take out hundreds of Indians from Afghanistan.