A holy plume, believed to be have been worn by the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, was brought back from an undisclosed place in Canada and placed for public viewing at the Akal Takht here on Tuesday.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and his predecessor Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti arrived at the Rajasansi International Airport here to receive the guru’s relic from the team of researchers comprising Harpreet Singh Sidhu, an IPS officer, and a Ludhiana-based Sikh, Kamaljit Singh Boparai, who brought it back from Canada.
Describing it as a holy cause being carried out without any vested interest, Sidhu and Boparai started researching to locate the holy plume and
According to Dharam Parchar Committee (DPC) records of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and information pieced together by the two researchers, the plume has been brought back to the country after 160 years.
The plume belonging to Guru Gobind Singh was reported to have been taken to Sirhind by the Mughal Army after the battle of Chamkaur Sahib. From there, the plume was taken to Lahore.
The researchers who brought the plume back from Canada provided no information on how and why it was taken to Canada and who was finally in possession of the relic.
Giani Gurbachan Singh, however, approved the authenticity of the relic, maintaining that its pictures were verified and accorded authentication by a sub-committee constituted by the SGPC in 2007.
The jathedar said the decision for the final display of the relic and its proper preservation would be taken shortly.