Amritsar: Days after a TikTok video featuring three girls at Amritsar’s Golden Temple went viral, the administration of the temple has banned making TikTok videos and taking selfies inside the premises to avoid any disturbance to the ‘spiritual atmosphere’.
To deter people from such practices, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has put up notices at the Sikh holy shrine Sri Harmindar Sahib reading ‘TikTok is prohibited here’. To make sure the orders are duly followed, the management has also deployed volunteers to stop people from making videos etc.
Speaking to ANI, Harmandir Sahib Manager Jaswinder Singh said, “We appeal to devotees coming here to refrain from such activities as it is a place of worship. Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib yesterday said if youth don’t stop making videos then we’ll ask SGPC to ban mobile phones in Temple premises.”
“We want all devotees to visit the Golden Temple without any hassle and we are not in favour of imposing any such (mobile) ban but the way the incidents of TikTok are surfacing, I think imposing ban on carrying mobile phones inside (Golden Temple) will have to be pondered over in the future,” Singh added.
Notably, a few days ago, a TikTok video shot inside the temple by three girls with a Punjabi song playing in the background had gone viral on social media, prompting the SGPC to take a stern view. After the video went viral, a police complaint was lodged against a girl for hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs.
TikTok is a short-video platform which is extremely popular among youngsters globally, including India.