If in doubt White Wash it out


What is it with Sikhs that we have to such historical temples and important buildings since the time of the Guru’s but we ourselves are the ones who are destroying our own heritage, in some ways without even knowing!

Every power hungry committee loves to say here is our temple and we restored it and its worth this much and we donated the money!! But the fact of keeping old tradition’s and artwork are left to the museums and not to be seen in public.

It was sad back in February 2005 I visited the great land of culture and tradition The Punjab, all set with my camera ready to research and preserve, and on my visit to the great city of Anandpur at the very Gurdwara Sis Ganj were the 9 th Guru Tegh Bhahdur head was brought back after his martyrdom at Delhi, and his cremation ground this temple built under the supervision of none other than Guru Gobind singh the 10th Guru !
But the sad decay is that all the original artwork and effort of the original artists and beloved devotees is now just being "White Washed Away ", and we are already at point where its hard to distinguish one Sikh temple from the other

Why? Because they all the look the same!

What do we do ?

Who do we speak to ?

How do we preserve any temples/items left ?

These are some questions that we need answers to quick, else in another 10/15 years and we shall have plain Sikh temples reflecting the mind set of the new generation, like a white sheet of paper "BLANK and BORING"

The challenge to the new generation is here and now, else, like the photos taken in February 2005, the entire entrance is not lost, but 1 year later February 2006, I wouldn’t be surprised if that beautiful artwork is long gone.

Think and do something about it …………

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If in doubt White Wash it out


What is it with Sikhs that we have to such historical temples and important buildings since the time of the Guru’s but we ourselves are the ones who are destroying our own heritage, in some ways without even knowing!

Every power hungry committee loves to say here is our temple and we restored it and its worth this much and we donated the money!! But the fact of keeping old tradition’s and artwork are left to the museums and not to be seen in public.

It was sad back in February 2005 I visited the great land of culture and tradition The Punjab, all set with my camera ready to research and preserve, and on my visit to the great city of Anandpur at the very Gurdwara Sis Ganj were the 9 th Guru Tegh Bhahdur head was brought back after his martyrdom at Delhi, and his cremation ground this temple built under the supervision of none other than Guru Gobind singh the 10th Guru !
But the sad decay is that all the original artwork and effort of the original artists and beloved devotees is now just being "White Washed Away ", and we are already at point where its hard to distinguish one Sikh temple from the other

Why? Because they all the look the same!

What do we do ?

Who do we speak to ?

How do we preserve any temples/items left ?

These are some questions that we need answers to quick, else in another 10/15 years and we shall have plain Sikh temples reflecting the mind set of the new generation, like a white sheet of paper "BLANK and BORING"

The challenge to the new generation is here and now, else, like the photos taken in February 2005, the entire entrance is not lost, but 1 year later February 2006, I wouldn’t be surprised if that beautiful artwork is long gone.

Think and do something about it …………

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