Gurus relics light up Gurdwara Rakabganj

Priceless and rare as they are, some of these relics, including the dastar, some other articles, jutis, clothes and handwritten documents, have been carefully repaired and conserved to prevent further deterioration by the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
The conservation of these religious relics, says Shobita Punja from INTACH, will prevent their further deterioration for future generations. Each article, depending upon the material it has been made from, has been conserved after following specific scientific procedures, she says.
The exhibition, on till November 29 on the gurdwara premises, is serving a dual purpose. Thousands of devotees are being able to have a darshan of the relics to which otherwise they would not have had an easy access. Moreover, a special fund, created by INTACH for members of the community, will help them participate in the historic effort to conserve some other Sikh relics in their original form.

Donations made by the way of seva will receive 50 per cent tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act and utilised by INTACH for appropriate scientific restoration to ensure that they last for several more decades within the community for future generations.

The effort of conservation began in 1999, when in connection with the tercentenary of the Khalsa Panth, the National Institute of Punjab Studies decided to locate, catalogue and photograph relics connected with Sikh Gurus, Maharaja! Ranjit Singh and other historic personalities. These relics, till then, were tly in private collections of various families in Punjab, who had been guarding them for generations. However, since they had not been preserved scientifically, some of these relics were not in a very good shape.

As per Bhai Buta Singh, a 12th generation member of Bhai Rup Chand family from Bhai Rupa village in Bathinda, the family, which is now headed by Bhai Gurchet Singh, preserved 108 items, including a handwritten Guru Granth Sahib in gold, some gutkas, handwritten hukumnamas and raag malas.

The sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind, stayed with the family for alt six months and nine days in 1686 and made the place his office from where messages and commands to his followers were dispatched. The amazing collection of other precious relics, which are also on the display, include Mughal paintings, khadauns, a wooden rabab, ! letters and a kirpan.

The other family, whose collection has also been on the display since Guru Gobind Singh's Parkash Utsav, is the Bhai Jasbir Singh family from Chak Fatheh Singh village from Bathinda.

Guru Gobind Singh visited the village on request of Mata Mai Desan and her family and stayed in her house for alt a week. Descendents of Mata Mai Desan, who live in the same house today, have preserved the everyday objects used by the Tenth Guru during his stay with the family.

On display are newar of the bed on which Guru Gobind Singh used to sleep, his dastar, a low seated wooden peeda, tawa , some clothes and other items.All these relics will be returned after the conclusion of the exhibition.

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