(formerly known as Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex) is a museum
located at Anandpur Sahib. The museum gives an insight to the events
that took place in Punjab five hundred years ago which gave birth
to Sikhism and finally the Khalsa Panth. The museum throws light
on the vision of the great Gurus, the eternal message of peace and
brotherhood which they delivered to the whole mankind and the rich
culture and heritage of Punjab. The museum is intended to commemorate
500 years of Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa,
the scriptures written by the 10th and last Guru Sh. Guru Gobind
Singh Ji founder of modern Sikhism.
is conceived as a repository of the rich heritage of the Khalsa
its history and culture of the Punjab so as to inspire visitors
with the vision of the Gurus, emphasizing the eternal message
of the great gurus for the whole mankind.
end of the fifteenth century, in the Punjab region of Northern
India, Guru Nanak Dev Ji founded a faith rooted in the core values
of universalism, liberalism, and humanism. The nine Gurus who
followed Him built upon and consolidated His teachings, thereby
establishing Sikhism not only as a belief system but also as a
way of life.
years later, in 1699, on the occasion of Baisakhi, the Tenth Guru,
Guru Gobind Singh Ji formally founded the Khalsa Panth at Anandpur
Sahib, establishing a social order committed to peace, equality
and justice for all. Today, on the same site, stands the majestic
Gurdwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib.
The year 1999
marked the Tercentenary of the Birth of the Khalsa. To commemorate
this event, the Chief Minister of Punjab S. Parkash Singh Badal
laid forth the outlines of a magnificient edifice to be known
as Virasat e Khalsa at Sri Anandpur Sahib.
Complex is inspired by the rich natural and architectural heritage
of Sri Anandpur Sahib, while also drawing heavily from Sikh and
regional architecture. Contrary to the tradition of domes which
crown the sacred Sikh sites, the roofs of the Museum are concave-shaped
receptors facing the sky. Sheathed in stainless steel, they reflect
the suns light towards the Gurdwara and the Fort.
years of construction it has been inaugurated on November 25,
2011. It was opened for public on November 27, 2011.
two complexes at each side of a ravine, connected by a ceremonial
smaller, western complex includes an entrance piazza, an auditorium
with 400 seating-capacity, two-story research and reference library
and changing exhibition galleries.
eastern complex contains a round memorial building as well as
extensive, permanent exhibition space, consisting of two clusters
of galleries that try to evoke the fortress architecture of the
region (most evident in a nearby Gurudwara) and form a dramatic
silhouette against the surrounding cliff terrain. The gathering
of the galleries in groups of five reflects the Five Virtues,
a central tenet of Sikhism.
are constructed of poured-in-place concrete; some beams and columns
remain exposed, though a great deal of the structures will be
clad in a local honey-colored stone. The rooftops are stainless
steel-clad and exhibit a double curvature: they gather and reflect
the sky while a series of dams in the ravine create pools that
reflect the entire complex at night. The building was designed
by world acclaimed architect Mr. Moshe Saifde.