The Virasat E Khalsa Heritage Museum is a visual masterpiece. All the artwork displayed is very interesting. The young generation finds it very interactive because they can easily connect with their culture through this pilgrimage.
Virasat E Khalsa is located in Anandpur Sahib near Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab. The museum celebrated 500 years of Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa.
If you are thinking a museum can’t exist without objects then you are wrong. The amazing Virasat E Khalsa is a wonder created by Amardeep Bahl which gives you jaw-dropping experience. My mouth was open all the time to see the artwork in Virasat E Khalsa which I have never imagined exists. Because I am a huge fan of creative people.
You should visit Virasat E Khalsa if you are a history and culture lover. It is built in 100-acre land in a holy town known as Shri Anandpur Sahib. It is 85 km from Chandigarh. The local people Virasat E Khalsa the 8th wonder of the World.
The best part of Virasat E Khalsa is that there is no entry fee but there is a time limit of one and a half hours. But if you want to spend a whole day studying everything then you should buy a paid pass which is only 100 rupees. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Outside food is not allowed inside the museum, but there is a cafeteria where you can eat. Photography is not allowed inside Virasat E Khalsa.
Pre-recorded audio-tapes are given to you with headphones which explains what each gallery is about. Audios are available in Punjabi, Hindi, and English. You can get these audio phones after the submission of personal id.
When you stand in front of a gallery there is a sensor picks up which gallery you are in and gives you all the information related to that gallery.
There are visual recording at display in many places inside showing all the historical events in the history of Punjab. The visual recordings have amazing light and sound effects.
Virasat E Khalsa is built on a 100-acre land at Anandpur Sahib. It is built on a place where the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa Panth on the day of Baisakhi in 1699.
Virasat E Khalsa building has two main complexes which are connected by a ceremonial bridge.
The western complex has an auditorium with a seating capacity of 400. It has a huge exhibition gallery and a library on Sikhism. The eastern complex has a north wing which is also known as flower building. The roof of the flower building is shaped in the form of five petals.
Virasat E Khalsa architecture is designed by Moshe Safdie with a 50-year career in designing structures worldwide. It is a beautiful building with modern architecture. The views are amazing from the top floor. The huge water bodies around the building make this place more charming.
The Boat Building
The amazing journey of Virasat E Khalsa begins with the ‘Panj Pani’. The boat building is the largest hand-painted mural in the world which is created by amazing artist Orijit Sen. It is a 360-degree mural that represents the past and present of Punjab and how it developed through ages.
When you enter this gallery it is a pitch dark, suddenly broken by the blue light and chirping sound of the birds. The feeling I had there was amazing and I can’t write that feeling in words. The room looks like a deep well beginning with the dawn of the day and takes you through many love stories, Punjabi festivals, rituals, occupational works, the history of Golden Temple and ending with the sun setting. The Punjabi are played to double up your amazing experience.
The origin of Sikhism
The five petals of the flower building represent the lives of the first five Gurus. The journey begins with Guru Nanak Dev and ends with Guru Arjan Dev.
The first petal highlights the times Guru Nanak Dev was born and explaining his life through his travels. The following galleries represent the achievements of Guru Angad Dev and Guru Amardas. The use of Indian crafts and shadow puppets is there throughout the galleries.
The fourth petal shows the contribution of Guru Ram Das to the Sikhs which includes the construction of the city of Ramdaspur, adding 11 ragas to Gurbani and the Lavan.
The fifth petal shows the key events in the history of Sikhism like the construction of Harmandar Sahib and the installation of Adi Granth.
There is another gallery on the terrace showing a Tatti Tava( shows how Guru Arjan Dev would have felt the heat of being roasted alive.
The crescent building petals cover the lifespan of Guru Hargobind, Guru Har Rai, Guru Harkrishan, Guru Teg Bahadur, Guru Gobind Singh and Gurta Gaddi.
Other galleries represent the Sikh leaders. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was able to shake the foundations of the Mughal rule on Punjab. It was the time when common people were able to reclaim their ownership over the land of Punjab because of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.
The next comes to the double-panorama screen showcasing the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his court.
Martyr Bhagat Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Master Tara Singh and Other political and religious Sikh leaders also get space in the galleries. Master Tara Singh goes on to be immortalized through an animated robot.
The princely states and Ghadr movement are well depicted in the museum, as in the partition. The partition times is sure to leave you with goosebumps, that part really touched me.
You will notice a lot of visitors barefoot because of the deep respect towards their religion. Please don’t judge them. They are showing their respect through this and I heard a few people make fun of this and I felt really bad. So please don’t make anybody’s fun.
Virasat E Khalsa was inaugurated in November 2011 and just over a few years, it is already visited by over 10 million visitors so far. On average over 5,000 visitors visit the museum daily.
The ‘Limca Book of Records’ listed the Virasat E Khalsa museum the country’s “Top Ranked Museum” in terms of a number of visitors.