Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Lion fossils at Gurdwara, faithful say it was killed by Guru Gobind Singh

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

The fossilised remains of a lion found during the ongoing construction work in the historic Chaugan Ground Gurdwara premises has created a sensation as people here believe that the remains may be of the animal that was killed by Guru Gobind Singh during his stay here.

The labourers engaged to dig the area for ongoing construction work hit upon the fossil. The existing gurdwara at the place was dismantled and construction work on a new one had commenced more than 18 months ago.

Senior functionaries of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), who reached the spot, said that the labourers had initially found the teeth of the animal. On further digging the fossilised remains of the lion’s skeleton was found.

The SGPC officials, quoting historical records, said that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, had arrived here on April 30, 1648 AD on the request of the then ruler Medhani Parkash. It was during his stay of more than eight months in the town that the ruler requested him to kill a lion that had created havoc. The Guru had killed the animal, and now, some people believe that the remains unearthed during the digging could be of the same lion. To hammer home their point, Aman Singh, the contractor looking after the construction work, said that the fossils were found at the same place where the Guru used to meet devotees and saints.

During his stay here, the Guru had also presented a sword to Medhani Parkash, which was now in the possession of Maharani Padamni Devi of Jaipur, the daughter of the last ruler Rajinder Parkash.

Local SGPC chief AS Shah confirmed recovery of the fossils but said its age needs to be verified through carbon dating method.

Expressindia.com, Mon Sep 19 2011.

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