Amritsar: Giani Gurbachan Singh took 36 years to rise from “sewadar” to Jathedar of Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat) to which he was installed here on Thursday amid tight security in the periphery of Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) at Akal Takht.

During the coronation ceremony, newly appointed Head Priest of Golden Temple Giani Jaswinder Singh kept a turban on Giani Gurbachan Singh’s head as per religious traditions of the Sikh community and announced the installation of the new Jatehdar of Akal Takht.

Giani Gurbachan Singh, had joined the SGPC as “sewadar” on February 29, 1972, at Darbar Sahib, Muktsar. Addressing the gathering Giani Gurbachan Singh said he was always ready to serve the Sikh community and conveyed thanks to the Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma for arranging such a large gathering of Sikh devotees during the coronation ceremony.

SGPC chief Makkar said the installation of new Jatehdar of Akal Takht would definitely help the Sikh community to tackle the contentious problem of Dera Sacha Sauda. -- PTI