Gurdwara Sant Khalsa dedicated to Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was inaugurated on Thursday, 22 February, at his native village Rode in Moga district of Punjab.

The foundation stone for ‘Gurdwara Sant Khalsa’ was laid in September 2007.

Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, the head of Damdami Taksal, told The Indian Express that Bhindranwale’s ancestral home in Rode was converted to a Gurudwara to “honour his martyrdom.”

He said: “The Gurdwara has been constructed on land owned by the Bhindrawale’s family. We have not taken any financial help from the government or any political party.

”Addressing the gathering, the Akal Takht Jathedar appealed to the Sikh community to keep weapons in every household.

According to The Indian Express, the MLA of Bhaganpur refused to comment on the development calling it the village’s “internal matter.”

The event was attended by heads of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee, Damdami Taksal, and jathedars of the five Sikh takhts.

The development comes during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India and just a day after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh raised the issue of Khalistan with him.

Singh had also submitted a list of nine Canada-based operatives allegedly involved in target-killings and other hate crimes in Punjab, including financing and supplying weapons for terrorist activities, an official said.