Most of what we know about our cultural heritage is thanks to epics, monuments and shrines, which symbolise the life of people then, their ethos, traditions and rituals.
The Golden Temple of Amritsar is not merely a shrine for Punjabis, but also the abode of Waheguru and an identity of Sikhism, besides being a centre of mystic learning.
Many have contributed towards propagation of the ideals of holy Guru Granth Sahib, just the way two Gursikhs—Amandeep Singh Madra and Paramjit Singh—have compiled rare photographs of the Golden Temple over the past decade, in their treatise, The Golden Temple of Amritsar - Reflections of the Past (1808 to 1959) in the form of a book.
The book—published by UK-based publishing house, Kashi House, released by Ajay Arora, director, Capital Book Depot, at the Capital Book Depot, Sector 17, Chandigarh—captures the timeless spirituality of Sri Harmandir Sahib through the centuries. The book also some travellers’ tales from the past, as shared by Ajay Arora.
The book, which boasts of about 600 pictures, discloses various rare, early and beautiful images of the shrine, the city (Amritsar) and its inhabitants. This vast collection of paintings, sketches, lithographs and photographs have been unearthed by the co-editors, Amandeep Singh Madra and Paramjit Singh, who combined these images with two centuries of eyewitness accounts, penned by many remarkable characters including spies, intrepid women, missionaries and a Hollywood celebrity.
Priced at R3,995, the book is available at Capital Book Depot and other dealers in the region.