Controversy over the groom’s turban ornament at the Sonam-Anand wedding

Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja were married on May 8 in a simple, meaningful Anand Karaj ceremony at her maternal aunt’s heritage bungalow in Bandra. Translating as ‘Joyful Union’, the core of the Anand Karaj is the 'lavan', wherein shabads are sung with the bride and groom circumambulating the Guru Granth Sahib. Originally legalized in India through the passage of the Anand Marriage Act of 1909, it is governed by the Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh code of conduct and conventions) issued by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).

Unfortunately for the newlyweds, their wedding has inadvertently sparked off a controversy. Certain sections of the community are hurt as a Sikh tradition was allegedly violated during the marriage ceremony. Some former office bearers of the SGPC are said to have accused the current SGPC members of failing to remove the kalgi (brooch) from Anand’s turban during the ceremony.

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Sikh tradition rules that during the marriage rituals in the presence of the holy Guru Granth Sahib, the kalgi must be removed. However, this detail appeared to have escaped the Kapoor and Ahuja families and the SGPC officials during the ceremony. After the turban brooch was noticed, this breach was brought to the notice of the Akal Takht by former office bearers of the SGPC. They are apparently demanding strict action be taken against the SGPC members who officiated at the celebrity couple’s Anand Karaj ceremony.

As of now, it appears that Anand and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja have been spared, since action will apparently be taken be on the SGPC members who are expected to be aware of and abide by the rules. While it is not clear yet if the newlywed couple will also be penalised in any way, this development is sure to have come as a shock to them and their families.