Prayers that sound right: Mumbai Gurudwara distributes 10,000 Headphones to avoid noise pollution

The annually-held Satsang will last for 43 days and will begin on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Around 15,000 devotees will attend the Satsang


Religion is an important aspect in shaping a society along with being one of the important institutions of a society. In India, the majority of religious activities consist of prayers and religious chants which engage people for peace and calmness. However, on several occasions, playing them on loudspeakers destroys the entire notion of peace and calmness and also results in noise pollution. 

Accordingly, in order to deal with the issue of noise pollution and set an example for other religious institutions, a gurudwara in Ulhasnagar has decided to distribute 10,000 headphones to their devotees so that they can listen to the Satsangs without contributing to noise pollution. In fact, the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) was praised by Bombay High Court for requesting the Sikh community to distribute the headphones.

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While hearing a contempt petition filed against UMC Commissioner Rajendra Nimbalkar, a division bench of the court lauded his efforts that prompted the Sikh community to organise the annual meet.

Every year, the Amritvela Trust of Ulhasnagar organises a 43-day-bhajan-kirtan meet on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Devotees from Thane and Mumbai flood into the gurudwara to attend the meeting every year.

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