Amritsar (Punjab), October 10: Located in the vicinity of the magnificent Golden Temple of Amritsar, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Central Sikh Museum is home to the paintings of Sikh gurus, saints, Sikh warriors and other prominent Sikh personalities who have contributed to the enhancement of Sikhism. Established in 1958, the museum has been divided into different sections based on Sikh history, with each housing artefacts from the corresponding period. Six grand halls with high ceilings receive good daylight to bounce on more than 400 paintings and highlight the brief descriptions in Punjabi, Hindi and English. Visitors can also get to explore the world journey map of Guru Nanak Dev and gain knowledge from the detailed wall paintings based on the life of the founder of Sikhism. The galleries of the museum hold the works of great artists like Sobha Singh, Karpal Singh, SG Thakur Singh, Aulak Singh, Gurwinderpal Singh and Sukhwinderpal Singh. Besides painting, the museum also has a huge collection of ancient manuscripts, coins, arms and an excellent library.The exhibits document many other historical incidents, struggles and proud moments in Sikh history, making it a great repository of information on the Sikh history in detail. The museum is also enriched with collection of the wooden comb (kangha) of Guru Gobind Singh, pencil sketches by Princess Bamba, daughter of the last Sikh ruler Maharaja Duleep Singh and weapons used by Sikh warriors, Gatra (Sword sling). Apart from that, the rare musical instruments of noted gurbani exponents Baba Sham Singh and Bhai Samund Singh, who contributed in promoting Gurmat Sangeet, are also displayed inside the museum. Recently, portraits of Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh (retd) who was the hero of 1965 India-Pakistan war, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora (retd) who was known for his services during the 1971 India-Pakistan war and Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh are also kept in the museum. The central Sikh Museum is thus a big repository of rich heritage of Sikhism, and one of the most important museums of the state which in near future will be no less than an international gallery.
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