Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sikh Relics at Patiala Fort still not moved to Anandpur Sahib


PATIALA: Despite repeated assurances by the Punjab government, at least eight relics of tenth master of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh are still lying locked at Qila Mubarak in Patiala since last six years. The relics, lying at a closed place, are away from public gaze despite the fact that the government had decided in January to shift these to a museum at Anandpur Sahib. The apathy of the department of culture, archaeology and museums is the primary reason for inaction.

The relics - a turban, three swords, a cloak, hair with comb and a manuscript - were in possession of the descendants of the erstwhile Nabha royal family till 2008. That year the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the state government to take possession of the relics and display them at a suitable museum.

"Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) is already working on the project of shifting relics from Patiala to Anandpur Sahib. SGPC is designing a special bus for shifting these relics. I have been told that it would take three more weeks to design the bus," said N P S Randhawa, director, department of culture, archaeology and museums.

In December 2013, while hearing a second case regarding the matter, the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the descendants of the Nabha royals to deposit all relics of the Guru they had with the state government.

According to Encyclopedia of Sikhism, some of these relics were with Peer Budhu Shah, a Sufi saint whose sons and hundreds of disciples fought under the command of Guru Gobind Singh against the hill chieftains. Legend has it that some years after Budhu Shah's death, some of these relics eventually found their way to the family of the maharaja of Nabha. These were kept in Hira Mahal - the royal palace of the Nabha princely state.

Amaninder Sharma,TNN | Oct 7, 2014,

Also see Relics of Guru Gobind Singh to be placed at Takht Keshgarh Sahib

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