- Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode becomes Jathedar of Akal Takht


In March 1988, Bhai Jasbir Singh ‘Rode’, nephew of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, became the then Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat, and replaced the Panth approved Maryada with the Maryada of Jatha Bhindran. This was an unprecedented move that even Sant Jarnail Singh Ji did not impose or implement during his stay at Sri Harmandir Sahib up until his martyrdom.

According to P.P.S. Gill, “Genesis and Shape of ‘Rehat Maryada’ debate” published in The Tribune (13 August, 1993), on March 30, 1988, Bhai Jasbir Singh Rhode issued a directive at Anandpur Sahib to start the reading of Raag Mala at Sri Akal Takhat. Although the SGPC resisted the move initially, it tactically kept silent and postponed to implement its own decision (Resolution No. 11, passed on 11 June 1988) of reverting to the earlier Maryada in the wake of militancy in the Punjab. But when the political situation changed, the SGPC executive took the decision in a meeting at Gurdwara Sangh Dhesian (in Jalandhar district), in May 1993 to revert to the Maryada prevalent before March 30, 1988, at Harimandir Sahib and Sri Akal Takhat Sahib