Dera Radha Soami Sect chief visits Golden Temple

The chief of Radha Soami sect Gurinder Singh Dhillon on Tuesday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. In a low-key visit, an official of the dera said that Dhillon was given dry parshad wrapped in a Kesri cloth. The official of the dera, who claimed to have accompanied the dera chief, said Dhillon had visited the Golden Temple "a number of times earlier also".

The sect is under fire from various radical Sikh bodies including the Dal Khalsa for the alleged demolition of a gurdwara at Waraich, recently. In 2010, four were held with explosives in Vienna, Austria for conspiring to kill Dhillon, who now has Z plus security.

Reacting to the visit of Dhillon, Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh asked the dera chief to discard the practice of "living guru", which he pointed out was in violation of the directive of the tenth guru and was also in contrast to Sikh fundamentals and principles.

"Him paying obeisance at Darbar Sahib and bowing before Guru Granth Sahib was a positive signal, however, the need of the hour was that the sect head should stop practising the concept of 'living guru' and accept the sacred Granth Sahib as the eternal 'Guru'," Kanwarpal said.

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