The 175th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the 'Lion of Punjab', might have gone unnoticed but for the tributes paid by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) here on Sunday.
The SGPC observed his anniversary at Dewan Manji Sahib hall in the Golden Temple complex. A religious function was held and prayers were offered in the memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, often described as the greatest Sikh ruler, whose kingdom stretched from the Sutlej river in the east to Kabul in Afghanistan.
Besides 'bhog' of the 'Akhand Path' , 'hazoori ragis' of the Golden Temple performed 'kirtan'. The religious function was well attended by devotees and SGPC officials.
Giani Balwinder Singh, a 'granthi' (priest) of Harminder Sahib threw light on the mighty Sikh ruler. He recalled the Maharaja's secular vision and the respect he accorded to all religions during his reign.
He also recalled the Maharaja's contributions to the Sikh community and his role in gold plating and beautification of the Harmandir Sahib and building several others historic Sikh shrines dedicated to the Sikh gurus.