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Is it worth spending resources on Golden Domes and Palkis ?

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  1. mschawla

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    I just read the following news of spending meagre Sikh resources on gold-plating Gurdwara Domes, Palkis, or building gurdwaras with marble etc. instead of using these resources for urgent useful purpose of establishing a first class Sikh media of TV, Radio and Newspaper. Have we not suffered enough for the lack of Sikh's response to the biased and maligned propaganda against Sikhs from every body, for the lack of Sikh's own media to counter or reponse. ? What do you think of this?

    M. S. Chawla
    Producer of English language panel discussion TV programs since 1993 in Washington, DC area, with panelists of American movers and shakers of Washington, DC USA.




    Date: 03/30/2006
    News Source: http://www.tribuneindia.com
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    Tribune News Service

    An artist gives finishing touches to the gold
    plating of the sanctum sanctorum of Darbar Sahib, Tarn
    Taran, on Wednesday. - Photo by Rajiv Sharma

    Tarn Taran, March 29
    The four-century-old Darbar Sahib is glittering more
    than usual. With almost 3 quintals of gold (about Rs
    2.40 crore) used for gilding, first time after Maharaja
    Ranjit Singh, it is the second Sikh shrine after the
    Golden Temple where a huge quantity of gold has been
    used.

    The domes and outer portions of the temple have been
    given new gold-gild copper sheets. This work of
    exquisite craftsmanship is being given finishing touches to
    mark the quadricentennial (400) death anniversary of
    Guru Arjan Dev, the founder of Tarn Taran. It falls in
    June this year. The main entrance to the sanctum
    sanctorum called Darshani Deori has also started
    shimmering.

    The gurdwara got constructed by the Guru stands on
    the side of a large tank.

    According to Baba Amrik Singh of Dera Baba Jagtar
    Singh Kar Sewawale, at least 35 kg of gold would be used
    for the "palki" (palanquin). Mr Jaswant Singh,
    foreman, said though Muslim and Hindu artistes had been
    working round the clock to meet the deadline of Baisakhi, a
    large number of Sikh artistes have also made great
    contributions to complete the work.

    More than 30 artisans have been on the job to
    complete the gigantic task. Baba Mohinder Singh said
    artistes from Banaras had been called for the job. The
    traditional "meenakari" is also being done on the interiors
    of the sanctum sanctorum while gold plates on the
    exterior were also being replaced.

    Darbar Sahib is an important centre of Sikh
    pilgrimage 24 km south of Amritsar. It was founded by Guru
    Arjan Dev in 1596. Maharaja Ranjit Singh visited the
    shrine in 1802. The Maharaja and his grandson Kanvar Nau
    Nihal Singh had donated large quantities of gold to
    have the exterior plated with the precious metal. The
    upper portion of the edifice is covered with goldplated
    sheets.

    The lotus dome of the Darbar Sahib was damaged in an
    earthquake (April 4, 1905). It was rebuilt with an
    umbrella shaped gold finial on top.


    A view of the frescos at Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran,
    after kar seva. - Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

    Varinder Walia, Tribune News Service

    Tarn Taran, March 30
    At least six frescos of Hindu gods, including Lord
    Rama and Lord Krishna, which were unique specimens of
    the Sikh school of art of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh era
    have been replaced with Sikh paintings during kar seva
    at Darbar Sahib here.

    The upper storey would be opened to the Sikh sangat
    on the 400th death anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev in
    June this year.

    The frescos were visible on the upper storey of the
    sanctum sanctorum of the Sikh shrine before launching
    the kar seva. However, Baba Amrik Singh of Dera Baba
    Jagtar Singh Kar Seva Wale, while talking to The
    Tribune, claimed that he was not aware of any painting
    belonging to Hindu gods on the upper storey of Darbar
    Sahib. He said most of the paintings were beyond
    recognition since these were destroyed due to seepage from the
    dome.

    The frescos were unique specimens of the Sikh school
    of art, completed in 1824 during the regime of
    Maharaja Ranjit Singh. According to Sikh history, Maharaja
    Ranjit Singh got the gold-plating and interior
    decoration of the Darbar Sahib completed by taking personal
    interest.

    The other paintings visible at the time of the kar
    seva were, however, preserved after a lot of
    painstaking efforts. Now, all 16 paintings which were revived by
    using a similar style and colours as that of the time
    of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, belong to Sikh Gurus, Sikh
    warriors and religious leaders, including Baba Deep
    Singh, Bhai Mani Singh, Bhai Ghanaiya, Baba Budhaji, the
    first head granthi of Harmandar Sahib, four Sahibzadas
    (sons of Guru Gobind Singh) and Bhai Gurdass. Some of
    the paintings depict Guru Nanak Dev flanked by Bhai
    Bala and Bhai Mardana. Jaswant Singh, an artist of Dera
    Baba Jagtar Singh Kar Seva Wale said specified colours
    were used to complete the art work and the paintings
    would last long as efforts had been made to stop
    seepage in the upper storey.

    When Dr Kanwarjit Singh Kang, a renowned fresco
    expert, visited Darbar Sahib, Tarn Taran, in June 1971 in
    connection with his Ph.D thesis "Mural paintings in
    the 19th century Punjab", several frescos were intact in
    the upper storey of the shrine. According to Dr Kang,
    though originally the paintings were executed sometime
    in the middle of the 19th century, the dome of the
    shrine developed cracks during an earthquake in 1905 and
    was rebuilt again and embellished afresh with murals.

    In June 1971, the surviving frescos depicted mixed
    themes, including portraits of Sikh Gurus and scenes
    from the Hindu mythology.
     
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  3. hps62

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    Dear CHawla JI


    I agree fully with what you have to say.
    we must have our media , newspaper to carry our perspective of the truth.
    Truth is some times a casulity in todays biased world.

    luv

    hps62
     

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