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World's first exhibition on Golden Temple in London

Rare artifacts are on display at the world's first exhibition on Amritsar's famous Golden temple in central London.

travel Updated: Aug 26, 2011 17:57 IST

Rare artifacts are on display at the world's first exhibition on Amritsar's famous Golden temple in central London.

Over 80 artifacts, including the earliest known paintings and photographs of the temple, along with film footage and eye witness accounts from western travelers.

The 10-week show has been organized by the UK Punjab Heritage Association. The show has already attracted thousands of visitors from across the world.

The exhibition traces the temple''s history, from the 1800's up until the middle of the 20th Century, The BBC reports.

"The Sikhs at one point were important players on a world stage. We want people to be able to experience that with real objects," Parmjit Singh, the museum's curator was quoted, as saying.

Most of the artifacts being showcased have been borrowed from private collectors and have never been seen by the public anywhere in the world.

"For me tracing and finding these objects is simply a passion; it''s like time travel for me. I have been collecting these artifacts for more than 12 years, it has helped me to rediscover the history of my ancestors and I want to share that with others," Davinder Toor, a London-based artifacts collector said.

Source: ANI