source: http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/17503/38/ SGPC to clear doubts on authenticity of Guru Gobind Singh plume RAVINDER SINGH ROBIN Wednesday, 01 July 2009 AMRITSAR: The doubts have been raised about the authenticity of the Plume (Kalgi) of Guru Gobind Singh brought to Golden Temple. Sikhs' apex body Shiromani Gurdawara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) has decided to perform carbon dating of the plume of their tenth Guru (spiritual leader), Guru Gobind Singh, brought home from Britain, to establish its authenticity. The plume, known as Kalgi in Punjabi language and believed to be belonging to Guru Gobind Singh, was brought back to India on Tuesday (June 30) from Britain after nearly a century. Members of SGPC on Wednesday said that they would take the help of carbon dating to verify if the relic actually belongs to Guru Gobind Singh. "I do not think it is right to presume that this plume is authentic on the basis of history. Today we have scientific methods available through which dating of the plume is possible it," Kiranjot Kaur, an SGPC member said in northern Amritsar, home to the Sikhs' holiest shrine, the Golden Temple. The committee officials said they did not mind employing reliable scientific methods to subside any doubts in the minds of devotees. "The members of the SGPC are satisfied about the relic but we don't want the devotees to have any doubts in their minds, so we will do that," said SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar. The Kalgi has been placed at the Akal Takht in the Golden Temple complex for the time being. In the Indian subcontinent, the rulers of yore often wore a Kalgi or plume (a jewelled ornament with one or more feathers) in the front of their turbans. Among the Sikh Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh, born December 22, 1666 and left his physical body on October 7, 1708, in particular is usually depicted sporting a plume. Sikhs form about two per cent of India's over one billion population and are largely concentrated in the northern Indian state of Punjab and national capital New Delhi.