In the ongoing religious Darshan Didar Yatra (DDY) organised by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Punjab government, the specially designed bus that is carrying the relics of Sikh gurus has caught the imagination of many people.
The bus or the special purpose vehicle (SPV) designed in the form of a ‘palki’ to display the relics is the creation of Tejvir Maan an award-winning architect, planner and interior designer from Noida.
Throwing light on the design, the 40-year-old designer said Sikh architectural elements have been used to connect it to the local culture and people.
The roof of the `2.25-crore SPV is in the shape of a vault, which has been picked up from Qila Mubarak, Patiala. The golden non-tarnishing paint has been used to give it a true golden colour and long life. The relics have been displayed in cutouts made in the transparent 25-mm-thick acrylic sheets. In all, 17 cameras have been installed along with 26 LED screens in the upper part of the glass panel. Global positioning system (GPS) has been installed as well, to keep a tab on the location of the bus.
“When I was selected for designing this bus by Punjab Heritage and Culture Promotion Board (PHTPB), my entire family was very excited. Getting an assignment associated with religion made me feel blessed. The experience of working on it was zestful and inspiring,” said Maan, who runs his own designing firm – Dexterous Designers and Associates – that has several other inspiring assignments on its hands.
Maan said he had to be very particular and sensitive in making certain decisions on the design. He said he would never forget the day relics of Sikh gurus were placed in the bus and the procession was inaugurated by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and several others on May 6 at Pataila’s Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib.
“It is very encouraging to see a huge rush of devotees catching a glimpse of the relics placed in this bus every day. The novel idea of the SGPC and Punjab government has clearly achieved its aim,” he said.
Besides the bus, Maan has already completed assignments given to him by PHTPB on the memorials of Wadda Ghallughara at Kup Rohira, Sangrur, and Chhota Ghallughara at Kahnuwan, Gurdaspur, and hopes to begin the work on Shaheed Udham Singh memorial at Sunam, Patiala, soon. He has also worked on setting up of interpretation centres at Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, Bhatinda, and Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, near Kapurthala.
On June 19, as this bus will reach its destination, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib at Gurdwara Anandpur Sahib, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay obeisance to it as well.