Delhi has a new tourist spot now which also holds religious significance. An architectural marvel, the Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial gives an insight into the life and teachings of the ninth Guru of the Sikhs.
A large number of people from the Sikh community thronged the memorial when Congress general secretary and member of parliament Rahul Gandhi dedicated it to the nation.
Lavishing praise on the Sikhs, Rahul Gandhi said Sikhs have made the entire nation proud. “You people from Sikh community, the entire nation is proud of you. You people have propagated India, be it Canada, England or America. You people keep the national flag flying wherever you go,” Rahul said.
Constructed along the National Highway 1 (GT Karnal Road) near Singhu Border by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), the memorial would be known for his architecture, design and world-class illumination.
“It has a unique concept. The central pylon represents Guru Tegh Bahadur while the three semi-arches represent his three disciples. Ten monoliths around it represents 10 Sikh Gurus and disseminate their teachings,” said chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
DTTDC officials said the 24-metre tall central pylon, which is in steel fabrication, along with its three 15-metre tall semi-arches and 11 to 18-metres tall 10 monoliths and the unique lighting, would be visible even from a distance of 2-3 kilometres. The monoliths are inscribed with fundamental tenets of Sikhism translated in four languages Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu. Constructed in an area of 11.87-acre, the project has cost Rs 25.75 crore.