A day after the relics of Shri Guru Gobind Singh were handed over by the state government to the Shiromani Gurudawara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC), a Nabha-based body Punjab Public Society has filed a fresh petition in Punjab and Haryana high court pleading for a stay on the shifting of relics to the Takht Keshgarh Sahib.
The plea would be heard on Friday, while the SGPC would start shifting the relics of Guru Teg Bahadur and Gobind Singh, from May 6. The society has been demanding that these relics be shifted to Nabha, since these belongings of the Sikh gurus remained in the town for more than 230 years before being shifted to Patiala in 2009.
As per the encyclopedia of Sikhism written by Kahan Singh Nabha, four relics of Guru Gobind Singh were handed over to the then Maharaja of Nabha Bharpur Singh by the descendants of Pir Budhu Shah, a Muslim and an admirer of Guru Gobind Singh, during his rule from 1847 to 1863.
The relics were put on display on at Hira Mahal for over 240 years and were later taken to New Delhi by descendants of princely Nabha state. It was only after court orders that the relics were brought back and placed in Patiala. Gurmail Singh, the president of the society, said, “We only want that the relics be shifted to Nabha since these are related to the glory of the princely state and had remained in Nabha for more than 200 years.”