In a move reflecting the preservation of the sanctity of Sikh rituals, Shri Akal Takht Sahib, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism, has taken strict measures against Anand Karaj ceremonies being conducted at inappropriate locations.
Building on existing guidelines that already prohibit the lighting of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji in banquet halls, marriage palaces, and open spaces, the Takht has now extended the ban to include beaches and seaside resorts. This decision comes in response to some recent events where Anand Karaj ceremonies, a holy Sikh matrimonial rite, were held on beaches rather than in the sacred confines of a Gurdwara Sahib.
The central idea behind this restriction is to uphold the reverence and solemnity associated with the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the Anand Karaj ceremony. Beaches and resorts, while scenic, are viewed as recreational and leisure spaces, which may not always provide the sanctified environment desired for such sacred ceremonies.