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About Virasat-E-Khalsa

The story behind Virasat-e-Khalsa

Founded in the year 2011, Virasat-e-Khalsa celebrates over 500 years of Sikh history. Located right next door to the Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara, one of the five takhts (seats of authority) of Sikhism and near to Kesharsahib Gurudwara, this monument portrays the grandeur of Sikh faith through fine aesthetics. With over 10 million people having visited the museum so far in a short span of its opening, Virasat-e-Khalsa commemorates the rich culture of Punjab and history of Sikhism through hand-crafted artefacts and latest technology in an interactive way.

What makes the museum so unique?

Designed by the world-famous architect Moshe Safdie, the heritage building is spread over an area of 6500 square metres. There are two building complexes at each side of the ravine-like structure, connected by a ceremonial bridge. The smaller complex that lies on the western side has an entrance gate, an auditorium with seating-capacity of 400, two storeys of a library that encourages research and references, and galleries where a number of handicraft and local handloom exhibitions take place round the year.

The eastern complex contains a round memorial building with a cluster of two galleries that try to reflect the fortress grandeur of the region. The architecture is similar to that of a nearby gurudwara and form a dramatic silhouette against the surrounding cliff terrain. The cluster of galleries portrays the Five Virtuesor the central tenet of Sikhism.

The whole structure looks exquisite during the night when the steel-clad rooftops reflect the sky and the water from the pool-dam reflect the entire complex at night.