| Bangkok, Thailand | 14 Oct 2016 | Asia Samachar |
A group of Sikhs had rushed to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok yesterday (13 Oct 2016) upon hearing news that King Bhumibol Adulyadej had passed away.
They had joined thousands of other Thai nationals in mourning the passing away of the world’s longest reigning monarch, a much beloved king.
“There is sadness all around. The whole of Thailand is mourning,” a Thai Sikh, who was present with the group, tells Asia Samachar. “The King was is loved by all. He had helped everyone.”
When asked how Sikhs view the King, he said: “The izzat (dignity) that Sikhs have in this country is because of him. He recognised Sikhism as one of the major five faiths in Thailand.”
The five major faith communities are Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Sikh.
During the deadly Aug 17 bomb blast at a popular Bangkok shrine which killed 20 people, including a family of five form Malaysia, all the five major religious groups were invited to offer prayers from their own faith tradition and signed a book of condolences. See here.
It is understood that Sikhs plan to hold Guru Ka Langgar to serve free food to some of the millions expected to turn up to pay their last respects to the king.
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