Monday, November 24, 2014

Martyrdom Of Guru Tegh Bahadur

Guru Tegh Bahadur, establishing his seat at Chak Nanki in Makhawal, set out to spread the message of Sikhism to the East. It was in Patna where he left his family to continue his travels. In Dhaka he was given the news of the birth of his son, whom he called Gobind.

After travelling for three years, Guru Tegh Bahadur made his way back to Chak Nanki with his family. It was here that Gobind was educated. Apart from mastering Sanskrit, Punjabi, Persian and Hindustani, he also acquired knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. Guru Tegh Bahadur also made sure that his son was trained in the arts of weaponry and martial combat. 

Kashmiri Pandits, terrorized by Aurangzeb's brutal regime to convert the Hindus to Islam, came to Anandpur Sahib to seek shelter under the Guru, who decided to be their shield.
The Pandits were advised to convey to the Mughal command that they would convert to Islam only if the Mughals were able to convert Guru Tegh Bahadur. Bestowing the Guruship on Gobind, Guru Tegh Bahadur left for Delhi to offer the Supreme Sacrifice to protect the faith of the weak and suffering. 

No sword could wrest or carve the faith of the Guru. The crowd may have looked on with tears of misery, but history has proclaimed the victory of his martyrdom. Bhai Jaita picked up the severed head of the Guru and, concealing it in his garments, brought it to Guru Gobind at Anandpur. The Guru embraced him saying, "You have in this stormy night, brought the sun. But now such a time has come that the melody of Nanak's chants must be accompanied by the clamour of swords." 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Guru Nanak At Kartarpur Sahib

For twenty-six years Guru Nanak travelled, spreading his message. He went as far as Baghdad, Tibet and Lanka. He finally settled at Kartarpur, where the community of devotees formed a new society devoted to the dignity of labour, to a single God, and to the virtue of sharing.

Guru Nanak was not only a spiritual guide, but also a master writer and divine poet. His sublime composition, Aarti, presents a grand vision of God's worship in which the whole creation participates.

During his stay in Kartarpur, Guru Nanak once visited Achal Batala on the occasion of Shivratri to enlighten the saddhus that no act of severe penance or miracle ever benefitted humanity in any way. A similar message the Guru also delivered to followers of Islam. He once journeyed to Pak-patan where he met Sheikh Ibrahim, the disciple of the enshrined Sufi saint Farid-ud-din Chishti.

Impressed by Guru Nanak's teachings, Bhai Lehna followed him to Kartarpur. The Guru recognized Lehna's spiritual devotion and bestowed upon him the Guruship, and gave him the name of Guru Angad.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Guru Ramdas

Virasat-e-khalsa, Anandpur SahibGuru Ramdas ordained a place for his devotion in the middle of a beautiful and peaceful lake which was eventually transformed into the Amrit Sarovar or Lake of heavenly nectar. It was around this site that the city of Amitsar arose.

Guru Ramdas established the tradition of singing the Gurbani and made it the central expression of devotion. Himself a master singer and composer, the Guru set the devotional verses to thirty ragas, eleven of which have been enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib.

Guru Ramdas passed on this treasure of devotional songs to his youngest son, Guru Arjan Dev, the next Guru of the faith.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Visuals of Holla-Mohalla

Virasat-e-khalsa Exhibit galleries showcasing an exhibition event with visuals of Holla-Mohalla.

 The event was held between 3-20 july 2014. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Hon'ble minister of Touirism & culture, Panjab,S.Sohan Singh Thandal. Dr.Karamjit Singh Sra,MD,IAS & Chief Executive Officer,Anandpur Sahib Foundation graced the occasion.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sikhism: A Way Of Life

Sikhism is a religion of life. It is expressly against asceticism and renunciation. 
The true Sikh lives his life through honest work and devotion – to his duty, his family, and society. Only through this selfless duty does the Presence of the Creator manifest itself, in life and in the cosmos.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hours of Operation of Virasat-E-Khalsa

The Museum is closed every Monday. Entry is free. Maximum 7200 people can visit a day meaning there by issuing of entry passes opens at 8.00 AM (IST) and closes at 8:00 pm (IST).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mission - Virasat-e-Khalsa

Virasat-e-Khalsa :

Through innovative exhibits and programming, and by offering superior services to its visitors, Virasat-e-Khalsa is committed to providing access to the history and living culture of the Sikhs and of the Punjab region. In all aspects of its operation, the Virasat-e-Khalsa provides a model for groundbreaking and forward-looking cultural heritage interpretation best practice in South Asia.   


Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of the Sikhs located in the holy town, Anandpur Sahib, near Chandigarh, the capital of the state of Punjab. The museum celebrates 500 years of the Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa, based on the scriptures written by the tenth and last guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji