The relics of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj are being shifted to Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur but people are wondering how they ended with the Nabha royal family.
If one goes by the entries listed in Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha’s ” Mahaan Kosh“, which is considered as the most authentic encyclopedia of Sikh history, at least four of these relics were handed over by thedescendents of Peer Budhu Shah to Maharaja Bharpur Singh during his rule from 1847 to 1863.
The entry claimed that in return of precious gifts and big land holdings, Budhu Shah’s descendents had handed over a turban, a comb with hairs, a 3-inch-long knife and a Hukamnama to Maharaja Bharpur.
The relics of the Tenth Guru which were held by Nabha rulers for over 200 years has finally been taken out of Qila Mubarak in Patiala for the darshan of Sikh sangats in Punjab as they relics make their way to Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib.
The Punjab Sikh Council representative told reporters the politicians are taking this historic relic showing as an opportunity to garnervotes for upcoming elections.
The representative said, “Guru Sahib relics were locked up for 6 years” and expressed that the sangat has finally given the chance to pay respects to the relics.
Politicians took advantage of Sikh sangat coming from across Punjab in large numbers to see the relics of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The atmosphere seemed more like a political rally then a parade showcasing historic artifacts.
The book also revealed that a 300-page manuscript, which is part of the set of relics to be shifted to Takht Kesgarh Sahib, was purchased by the maharaja from a poet named Tara Singh. “Tara Singh told the maharaja that the book had been written by Kalgidhar Patshah (Guru Gobind Singh). Raja Bharpur had purchased it for Rs 2,000 and awarded the poet an annual salary of Rs 200,” reads an entry in the “Mahaan Kosh”. First published in 1930, the encyclopedia also revealed that besides those of the 10th Guru, the Nabha royals also had two relics of the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, including a long sword.