PATIALA: Despite several announcements made in the past few months, the state government not yet shifted relics of 10th SikhGuru Gobind Singh from Qila Mubarak in Patiala to a museum in Anandpur Sahib.
The relics have been lying locked in the fort ever since the state department of culture, archaeology and museums had taken the possession from Nabha royal family in 2008, after the issue was settled by Punjab and Haryana high court. Since the relics – a turban, three swords, a cloak, hair with comb and a manuscript – have historical and religious importance, the government had decided to shift them to the museum of Takht Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib. However, this decision is yet to see light of day.
Department director N P S Randhawa said, “We are yet to decide the date when the relics will be shifted from Qila Mubarak to Anandpur Sahib. But yes, we have already taken up the matter with the senior authorities. We hope that the paperwork would be completed in a few days, and relics would be shifted within the next 8-10 days.” Around two months ago, Randhawa had confirmed that these were the same relics which were handed over by descendants of the Nabha royal family to Punjab government after decision of the high court.
According to Encyclopedia of Sikhism, some of these relics were with Peer Budhu Shah, a Sufi saint, whose sons and hundreds of disciples fought under command of Guru Gobind Singh against hill chieftains in Himachal Pradesh. Legend has it that years after Budhu Shah’s death, some of these relics eventually found their way to family of the maharaja of Nabha. During the rule of royal family, these were kept in Hira Mahal – the royal palace of Nabha state.
Originally Published By: TOI