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Britain to expand its crematoria to cater to Hindu, Sikh funeral needs

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London, UK: There have been some growing complaints from the Hindu and Sikh communities regarding the crematoria facilities across Britain.

One of the complaints is about the inept training given to the crematorium staff in accordance to the ‘cultural sensitivities of different faiths at a difficult time for mourners’.

On 16th March, the Government of Britain made the declaration of the revision of the policies concerning the crematoria provision which will continue until May 26.

The decision was taken when it surfaced that the cost of a cremation in Britain has raised one-fifth during the last five years.

And now, the average expense stands at that of £640, whereas it was £480 back in 2010. One of the most astonishing facts is that some localities like that of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria charge as much as an alarming £721 for cremating an adult.

It is known that sometimes crematoria can be run by a private firm while at other instances more than 170 local authorities can look after only one such site.

The Government after seeking the consultation from diverse cultural groups, local authorities and private firms found that the general opinion is that:

‘Some faith groups have said that crematoria staff need better training to ensure that they are culturally aware and sensitive to different faiths at a difficult time for mourners’. (Inputs from mailonsunday.co.uk/)

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Virasat-e-Khalsa, a Pioneer Museum in Sikh Holy Town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab Enters Asia Book of Records

This is the third entry of Virasat-e-Khalsa into record books

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He said the museum would feature in the next edition of Asia Book of Records for witnessing 20,569 visitors on March 20. Pixabay

Virasat-e-Khalsa, a pioneer museum in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, has entered the Asia Book of Records for receiving a record visitors, state Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Charanjit Channi said on Saturday.

He said the museum would feature in the next edition of Asia Book of Records for witnessing 20,569 visitors on March 20.

This is the third entry of Virasat-e-Khalsa into record books.

Earlier, the Limca Book of Records – February 2019 edition and the India Book of Records – 2020 edition raked it as the country’s “top-ranked museum” in terms of number of visitors.

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Virasat-e-Khalsa, a pioneer museum in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, has entered the Asia Book of Records for receiving a record visitors. Pixabay

He said the total footfall of visitors at Virasat-e-Khalsa, conceived to commemorate the 550 years of history and culture of Punjab and Sikhism, has crossed the 10-million mark in just 7.5 years, a matter of pride for the state.

It is located close to Takht Keshgarh Sahib, the second most important Sikh shrine (after the Golden Temple complex) in Anandpur Sahib where the Khalsa Panth — a kind of Praetorian Guard — was founded by Guru Gobind Singh on April 13, 1699.

Spread across 6,500-square metres, the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum narrates the story of Punjab and Sikhism using hand-crafted artefacts and the latest technology in an interactive manner.

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The museum, which is considered visitor-friendly and interactive, is open six days a week (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4.30 pm. (IANS)