Friday, March 30, 2012

Virasat-e-Khalsa soon becoming a place of worship for Sikhs

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Virasat-E-Khalsa, the new museum of Sikh history at Sri Anandpur Sahib, is increasingly being regarded as a place of worship by thousands of Sikhs who visit it daily.
The museum celebrates the 500-year-old Sikh heritage and chronicles the events that led to the birth of Sikhism. The symbolic representation of the 10 Sikh Gurus has elevated the museum in the eyes of the tourists here — mostly Sikhs who come visiting from the country or abroad.
The museum, which was thrown open to the public in November last year, is open from 8 am to 8 pm. Around 8,000 tourists daily visit this complex spread over 65 acres.
A large number of visitors are seen entering the Khalsa Heritage Complex barefoot and with covered heads. Though musuem authorities gently tell tourists that they don’t have to enter barefoot, but devotion takes precedence over any such advisory.
Chief Executive Officer of Anandpur Sahib Foundation, Dr Karamjit Singh Sra, said: “A guard near the pass windows suggested that we should have carpets on the walkway, leading from the parking area to the museum building. He said the days are getting hot and visitors face trouble walking barefoot. When I told him to request people to keep their shoes on, he said a large percentage of visitors leave their footwear in their vehicles before they reach the pass windows.”

with thanks : Indian Express : LINK for detailed news.

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