Friday, November 25, 2011

Punjab CM dedicates Virasat-e-Khalsa monument to public

Anandpur Sahib: The Chief Minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal here on Friday dedicated 'Virasat-e-Khalsa’ monument to the public regarded as masterpiece of rich Sikh culture and religious history. A religious ceremony was also performed on the auspicious occasion. Showcasing the rich heritage of Khalsa, its history and culture of Punjab, the complex costing over Rs 350 crore had been mired with various controversies since the foundation stone of the first phase of the complex was laid by Congress to its completion by SAD-BJP regime.

The national president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. The Virasat-e-Khalsa gives profound insight regarding the unfolding of the events in the previous three centuries in Punjab leading to the birth to Khalsa. Showcasing the history and culture of Punjab, a monumental museum depicts the evolution of Khalsa Panth, right from Guru Nanak era to Guru Gobind Singh’s Khalsa Raj, the unparalleled sacrifices of Sikhs for unity and integrity of the country. 

As the five head priests of five Takhts and Badal dedicated it to the humanity, religious heads of all religions, representatives of all casts and people from various countries described it a new symbol of humanity depicting universal brotherhood and love.  

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal honoured the people associated with the project with robe of honour and Sukhbir in his address described Virasat-E-Khalsa as 8th wonder of the world that is set to put Sri Anandpur Sahib on global tourist map. Dedicating Virasat-E-Khalsa to the humanity, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh described it as a important day in the history. The Chief Minister said that we should view Virasat-E-Khalsa rising above all religions, all parties, all castes as this monument is dedicated to the humanity denoting the message of ‘Sarbatt Da Bhala’ given to us by the first Guru of Sikhs.

with thanks : Punjab Newsline : link above for detailed News story.

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