Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s Italian wedding is the talk of the town, so much so that all other happenings in Bollywood have quietly faded into the background. Wishes for the happy couple have poured in from all over the world from fans and colleagues alike. However, it has been reported that an an Italian Sikh organisation has protested the Anand Karaj rituals saying that they have been performed against the religious code.
Ranveer and Deepika tied the knot at Italy’s Lake Como on November 14 as per Konkani wedding rituals, and on November 15 as per the Sikh wedding ceremony, Anand Karaj. According to the report in The Tribune, the Guru Granth Sahib was brought from a gurdwara in Brescia, about 150kms from the wedding venue.
Indian Sikh community’s Italy president Sukhdev Singh Kang said that the Anand Karaj ceremony was a “major lapse” on the part of the gurdwara as the Akal Takht dictates that the Guru Granth Sahib should not be taken to a hotel, banquet hall or other venues for the Anand Karaj ceremony.
“This was in violation of the Akal Takht ‘hukumnama’ which sternly prohibits taking Guru Granth Sahib to a place other than a gurdwara,” Kang said.
Kang added that the Italian Sikh community would write to the Akal Takht to take necessary action. Akal Takht’s acting head Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh reportedly said that five high priests will look into the matter when they receive a complaint.
An Anand Karaj ceremony is performed in a gurdwara where the bride and groom sit or take pheras around the Guru Granth Sahib. Ranveer and Deepika flew in Bhai Narinder Singh of the Golden Temple to officiate their wedding.
The couple, who returned to Mumbai on Sunday are expected to host a reception for their extended family in Bangalore on November 21 and for their Bollywood friends in Mumbai on November 28.