Picture Story : If in doubt white wash it out

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, otherwise, like the photos taken in February 2005, the entire entrance will be lost. Now, one-year later in February 2006, I wouldn't be surprised if all that beautiful artwork is a distant memory.

Think and let's do something about it …………

An Alcove spared from whitewashing

 (above) The inner part of an alcove spared from the whitewashing that has covered all of the original  19th century wall paintings (frescos) that once surrounded it. Pictured in February 2005 at Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Frescos showing signs of decay

 (above) A delicate wall painting (fresco) that which is now so poorly maintained and protected that it has faded and its colours have been washed away. Pictured in February 2005 at Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

...and in their full glory

 (above) A fresco in better condition at Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Electrification

 (above) Surrounded by whitewashing and damaged by ill-thought out and inappropriate electrification the original gurdwara that was once a symbol of the devotion and artistry of its time now looks forlorn.  Pictured in February 2005 at Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Utter disprepair to delicate frescos

 (above) Another damaged fresco in Sis Ganj Gurdwara in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Complete whitewashing

 (above) whitewashing gone mad. All the original paintings have been completely covered in a thick layer of whitewash, destroying the originlalartistry forever and reducing this central Sikh place of worship to another bland modern temple.

Complete whitewashing

(above) whitewashing gone mad. All the original paintings have been completely covered in a thick layer of whitewash, destroying the originlalartistry forever and reducing this central Sikh place of worship to another bland modern temple. 

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