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The Samadhi of Sher Singh, located on the premises lies in complete ruins as the domed structure appears to have been cut in half. The baradari itself is fast turning into a garbage dump as the Solid Waste Management department has constructed a waste enclosure here after demolishing one corner of the Baradari. Continue reading
In Ludhiana district, another revolutionary was born in the village of Sarabha. Sardar Kartar Singh Sarabha was a talented student who went to the USA to study chemistry. Disturbed by the discrimination against non-whites, he turned into a strong anti-racism activist and an ardent nationalist. He joined the Ghadar movement and used to bring out the’ Ghadar’ newspaper in San Francisco. Continue reading
The town of Malerkotla was divided into two parts – Maler and Kotla. Maler may have been named after an individual named Malher Singh who is said to have constructed a Kaccha fort here called Malhergarh. The town of Malher was founded by Sadr-u-din in 1466, an Afghan. A pious man and disciple of Peer Rukha Alam of Multan (Pakistan), he left the Peer and settled at Bhumsi in the remains of the Malhergarh fort. Behlol Lodhi stayed here on way to Delhi and was so impressed with him that on becoming King of Delhi, he married off his daughter Taj to Sadr-u-din and gave him 68 villages in dowry. Around the hut of Sadr-u-din emerged a Basti named Malher after the fort Malhergarh. Continue reading
The Wagah Border, approximately 28 kms west from Amritsar on the NH1, was the only road link between Pakistan and India before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The controversial Radcliffe Line in 1947 was drawn … Continue reading
The Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, also referred to as the Golden Temple, is a prominent Sikh gurdwara located in Amritsar.
Construction of the gurdwara was begun by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed by his successor, Guru Arjan Dev. In 1604, Guru Arjan Dev completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurdwara. In 1634, Guru Hargobind left Amritsar for the Shivalik Hills and for the remainder of the seventeenth century the city and gurdwara was in the hands of forces hostile to the Sikh Gurus. Continue reading