Holy Sikh relics on display in Malaysia
The first of these exhibitions started on Saturday at the Gurdwara Sahib Bercham in Ipoh.india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 08:48 IST
The Sikh community in Malaysia will get to see some rare holy relics related to the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, in a series of exhibitions in gurdwaras across the country.
The first of these exhibitions started on Saturday at the Gurdwara Sahib Bercham in Ipoh, capital of the Malaysian state of Perak, according to the New Straits Times.
On display are 12 relics including a turban, knee-length shorts called kacheraa, a pair of wooden sandals and a wooden chair used by the guru.
"These 12 items were gifted by the 10th master to a devout Sikh woman, Mai Desan, when he visited her house at the Chak Fatheh Singh village in Punjab," exhibition director Gurmeet Singh told the newspaper.
"Since then, the articles have been guarded and preserved by the descendants of Mai Desan. They are now under the care of her 10th descendant, Bhai Jasbir Singh," he said.
Also on display is a 300-year-old handwritten Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs.
Sikhs were first brought to Malaysia from India by the British rulers to serve as policemen in Perak and Penang. Many others followed later. Today the community numbers around 100,000 in Malaysia.