What makes Virasat-e-Khalsa a unique monument

What makes Virasat-e-Khalsa a unique monument

Also known as the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex, the Virasat-e-Khalsa provides an insight to the events that took place in Punjab about five hundred years ago. These incidents led to the formation of Khalsa panth, and home to one of the five takhts of Sikhism. The museum was built as a repository of the rich heritage of the Khalsa movement, the history behind it, and the culture of Punjab to inspire visitors.

Emphasizing on the message of Sikhism, the Virasat-e-Khalsa throws light on the vision of the great Gurus- peace and brotherhood for all mankind. Around the later years of the fifteenth century, Guru Nanak Dev Ji founded a faith that identified its core values as universalism, liberalism, and humanism. The nine gurus who followed His teachings established Sikhism not only as a beliefsystem but also as a way of life. Two centuries later, the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji formally founded the Khalsa Panth at the holy town of Anandpur Sahib, establishing a social order committed to peace and equality for all. The majestic gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib stands on the same site.

The year 1999 marked the 300th birth of the Khalsa panth, on the occasion of which the then Chief Minister of Punjab, S. Prakash Badal laid the foundation of Virasat-e-Khalsa. The Heritage complex is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Punjab, and take its architectural inspiration from the holy gurudwaras in the town. Unlike the traditional dome-shaped structure, the roofs of the museum are concave-shaped receptors facing the sky, which reflect the light towards the Gurudwara and the Fort.

Designed by world-famous architect Moshe Saifde, the Virasat-e-Khalsa houses the largest hand painted mural in the world, which depicts the past and present of Punjab. Portraying a blend of handmade crafts and technology, this museum has several accolades in its bag, one among them being, the only museum to have the highest number of visitors in a day in the year 2019 for which it was entered in the Limca book of records.

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