16-century ‘Barahdari’ associated with Guru Angad opened to public
After 13 years of restoration work based on extensive research, the 16th century ‘Barahdari’ (unique building that has 12 doors) where Guru Angad Dev, the second Sikh Guru, used to organise his religious discourse, and also an ancient well which was used by Mata Khivi (wife of Guru Angad Dev) was thrown open to the public at the historic Gurdwara Tapiana Sahib complex on Monday.punjab Updated: Jan 18, 2016 19:37 IST
After 13 years of restoration work based on extensive research, the 16th century ‘Barahdari’ (unique building that has 12 doors) where Guru Angad Dev, the second Sikh Guru, used to organise his religious discourse, and also an ancient well which was used by Mata Khivi (wife of Guru Angad Dev) was thrown open to the public at the historic Gurdwara Tapiana Sahib complex on Monday.
At the opening, gurdwara authorities honoured the team of experts that was involved in carried out the restoration work and surveying the building’s architectural mysteries.
About the project
Guru Angad Dev is said to have spent around 13 years here to spread Sikhism and the guru’s association with the building and the ancient well had been a subject of research for a long time.
Around a year ago, after thorough research, Punjab directorate of cultural affairs, archaeology and museums gave a report that confirmed that the structures and the material used were similar to the buildings built during the 16th century. It was also established that the buildings were built during the period of Guru Arjun Dev.
Kar Sewa head worked for heritage status to buildings
On getting the heritage status with the initiative of noted environmentalist Baba Sewa Singh, the head of Kar Sewa which manages affairs of the shrine, the structures were opened for public by Panj Pyaras (the five beloved ones of the guru) at the function.
“Old buildings are a source of pride. We will also request experts to carry out research in other old buildings in Khadoor Sahib,” said Baba Sewa Singh at the function.
Canada-based Sikh scholar and adviser to the Kar Sewa, Dr Raghbir Singh Bains said the verification and the validation of the structure took 13 years.
“Principal Bhagwant Singh Khehra also contributed by writing articles in this connection. On directions of the departmental director Navjot Singh Randhawa, archaeologist Rajinder Singh Batth and supporting staff took keen interest and visited Khadoor Sahib a number of times to study the building to know its architectural time period and the material used in these,” Bains added.
Experts take on the project
Rajinder Singh Batth, who led the team of experts, said, “The architectural aspects, arcs, unique design of ceilings and small ‘Lakhauri’ bricks used in constructing the building of old ‘Baradari’ qualify for heritage status. Such kinds of buildings were constructed in the beginning of the 16th century - coinciding with the period of Guru Angad Dev.”
He added that research also showed that the Guru might have used the facility to address his followers and preach in this building and a nearby ‘Khoohi’ (well) in the basement of the modern Mata Khivi Langar Hall. The hall was also constructed in the same period with the same material.