The coming Baisakhi celebrations will be special for Sikhs as a 330-year-old comb belonging to Guru Gobind Singh will be displayed at Takht Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district for the first time.
The historical comb will be put up for public display from April 11 to 15. The department of culture, archaeology and museums handed over the comb from the guru’s relics at the Qila Mubarak here to a Takht team that had especially arrived here for the purpose.
The Punjab government has already decided to shift the guru’s relics — three swords, a cloak, a gutka signed by the guru, a robe, a turban and hair besides the comb — to Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, where the other weapons of the guru have been kept. The relics of Guru Teg Bahadur are also to be shifted to Takht Keshgarh Sahib on May 6.
The Takht management had requested the state government to display the comb at the Baisakhi celebrations. Department director Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa, along with other officials, visited the Qila Mubarak and handed over the comb to the Takht team.
“It is for the first time that the guru’s precious belonging has been handed over to Takht Damdama Sahib and will be put up for public display. The Takht management has to return it by April 15, since we are going to shift the relics to Takht Keshgarh Sahib,” Randhawa said. Damdama Sahib acting jathedar Gaini Gurmukh Singh said the move would make the celebrations special.
The relics were lying under lock and key at the Qila Mubarak since 2009, when the department of culture took its possession from the descendents of the erstwhile Nabha royal family following intervention of the Punjab and Haryana high court.
HOW COMB REACHED PUNJAB GOVT
According to the encyclopedia of Sikhism written by Kahan Singh Nabha, four relics of the tenth guru were handed over to then Maharaja of Nabha Bharpur Singh by the descendants of Pir Budhu Shah, a Muslim and an admirer of the guru, during his rule. The relics remained with the erstwhile Nabha rulers and were kept at Hira Mahal in Nabha from 17631995. After this, the descendents of the Maharaja of Nabha took these to New Delhi, following which they were handed over to the government in 2009.
DEVOTEES THRONG TALWANDI SABO
Bathinda: Devotees in large numbers thronged Talwandi Sabo on Friday to welcome the cavalcade carrying the comb, put up on public display at Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, near here.
The comb was brought from Patiala by Takht Damdama Sahib acting jathedar Giani Gurmukh Singh and Talwandi Sabo MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu. They had planned to bring both the comb and the hair but did not bring the hair fearing damage to it as it needed to be brought in a special container, said Sidhu.
“We intend to bring all other relics of the guru to the Takht after completion of the wheatharvesting season. Due care will be taken to avoid any harm to the relics,” he said.