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The Sikh heritage extends beyond the Gurus to include figures like Maharaja Ranjit Singh, whose achievements are celebrated. 

Are you curious about the rich history of the Sikh religion? The history of the Sikh religion is particularly rich, known for its valour and numerous sacrifices. One such place to explore this heritage is the Bhai Mati Das Sati Das museum, nestled near the iconic Sis Ganj Sahib Gurudwara in Chandni Chowk. Situated close to Fountain Chowk, where Guru Tegh Bahadur and his followers faced persecution by Aurangzeb, this museum promises to enrich your understanding of Sikh history. Make sure to include it in your itinerary for a journey to enlightenment.


Bhai Mati Das Sati Museum 

On two spacious floors, the museum showcases over 100 paintings that vividly narrate the growth of Sikhism spanning eight centuries. To embark on this visual journey, the museum keeper suggests starting on the left, where the life of the first guru, Nanak Dev, unfolds. In a serene forest scene, a protective snake shields young Nanak from the sun as he peacefully sleeps. Witnessing this miraculous event, villagers begin to revere him, drawn to his aura, and many become his disciples. Eventually, Nanak Dev leaves his home to spread the teachings of Sikhism far and wide.


Guru Nanak Dev's Journey to Baghdad

Another compelling tale within the museum unfolds when Guru Nanak Dev reaches Baghdad. Positioned on the city's outskirts, he begins singing bhajans. In a time when music was prohibited, the locals, initially hostile, gather sticks and stones. However, upon seeing his saintly sight, they halt their aggression and, captivated, listen to his hymns and sermons.


Honoring the Legacy- Contributions of Sikh Gurus

In order of their accession, the times and the distinct contributions of each Guru are described. Beginning with Guru Angad Dev, Mata Khiviji initiated the langar tradition. Guru Amar Das took a stand against Sati and advocated for gender equality. Guru Das compiled the teachings into the Guru Granth Sahib, while Guru Hargobind exhibited shrewdness by rescuing 52 imprisoned kings. Guru Gobindji established the Sikh panth by baptizing the panj pyaras, marking a significant milestone.


Celebrating Sikh Devotees and Warriors

The Sikh heritage extends beyond the Gurus to include figures like Maharaja Ranjit Singh, whose achievements are celebrated. Exhibits in the museum feature coins, an antique rabab, manuscripts, and the Chaupai Sahib on rice grains from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's era. Notably, paintings dominate the museum's display, illustrating the rich tapestry of Sikh history and culture.


Connecting Visitors to Sikhism

Balwinder Kaur, the museum keeper, said, “We mostly get research students and tourists interested in Sikhism. Others bring their children to teach them about Sikhism and the rest just stroll in after visiting the Sis Ganj Gurudwara.” “But few leave the place without hearts heavy and eyes moist. Such is the history of Sikhism - full of compassion, valour and painful sacrifices.”


*Based on an article  by Baishali Adak, published in Deccan Herald on 22nd March 2013


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