A portrait of Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharowali, who was martyred in Saka Nankana Sahib, about 100 years ago to liberate Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, from the clutches of mahant Narayan Das and his goons, was unveiled and decorated at the Central Sikh Museum, Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar on Monday.
The unveiling ceremony was performed by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur, Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Harpreet Singh and head granthi Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib Giani Jagtar Singh Ji, in the presence of prominent personalities.
Speaking on the occasion, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “The sacrifices made by the Sikhs during the Gurdwara Reform Movement to liberate Sri Nankana Sahib from the evil mahants are exemplary, most notably the name of Shaheed Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharowali. The martyrs of the Sikh kaum (community) are a source of inspiration for future generations and the installation of a portrait of Shaheed Bhai Lachhman Singh in the Central Sikh Museum would give the sangat a sense of the spirit of the personalities who sacrificed their lives for the dignity of the shrines.”
On the occasion, Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh paid homage to the martyrs of Nankana Sahib massacre and commended the SGPC for its decision to display a portrait of Bhai Lachhman Singh in the Central Sikh Museum.
Jathedar Giani Jagtar Singh shared his views and said, “The Central Sikh Museum located inside the Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) complex contains the history of the Sikh community, from where the sangat (masses) take information about their history. Guided by the life of Shaheed Bhai Lachhman Singh, I appeal to the sangat to remain active for the Chardi Kala (high spirits) of Sikhism.”
On this occasion the SGPC chief secretary adv Harjinder Singh and additional secretary S. Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna also shared his views.
Meanwhile, a family member of Shaheed Bhai Lachhman Singh was honored with siropao (robe of honours).
Senior vice-president SGPC S. Surjit Singh Bhitewad, general secretary adv Bhagwant Singh Sialka and chief secretary adv Harjinder Singh, member Ajaib Singh Abhayasi, Hardeep Singh Mohali, S. Harpal Singh Jallah, S. Sukhdev Singh Bhurakohna, S. Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, S. Balwinder Singh Kahlwan, S. Harjinder Singh Kaironwal, Manager Mukhtar Singh Cheema, and other officials were present.
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