SGPC gets Todar Mal Haveli

TMFinally, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) succeeded in transferring the Todar Mal’s Jehaz Haveli, Fatehgarh Sahib, in the name of its gurdwara.

This was disclosed by SGPC chief Avtar Singh while talking to The Tribune here today. He said the members of the trust, who had decided to transfer the heritage building, would be honoured.

The heritage building was sold to a private trust in September 2003. The SGPC president said the haveli was an important heritage building for the Sikhs and would be preserved in its original form.

The building was transferred in the name of the Punjab Charitable Trust, a Mohali-based registered body.

Dewan Todar Mal holds an important position in Sikh history by virtue of his having performed the last rites of younger Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, Baba Zorawar Singh (9) and Baba Fateh Singh (7), who were entombed alive by the Mughals for not embracing Islam, and Mata Gujri, who had died of shock.

The Dewan had bought the t expensive piece of land in the world history to cremate the Sikh martyrs, as he was asked to vertically place gold coins on the land and only that much of land was given to him which he could cover with the gold coins. As per an estimate, he had paid more than 78,000 gold coins to buy a small piece of land where the three martyrs were cremated. Gurdwara Joytisaroop was built on the land.

See earlier News Item:   SGPC wants Dewan Todar Mals haveli back


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