The Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum was built in the holy city of Anandpur Sahib, in the Indian state of Punjab. Construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2011. The Museum celebrates the history of the Sikh faith and the 300th anniversary of the initiation of the Khalsa (meaning ‘The Pure’ in Punjabi, a reference to the Sikh community) by the last Sikh guru – Guru Gobind Singh. The foundation of the Khalsa was a turning point in the history of Sikhism. Persecuted for their beliefs, the Sikhs could now rely on the Khalsa to resist Mughal oppression. That was in 1699. Recently, the Asia Book of Records mentioned the Museum as the most visited museum on a single day in South Asia.
On March 20, it received 20,569 visitors. Over the eight years of its existence, it has received over 10 million visitors. The daily footfall is between 5,000-6,000. The Limca Book of Records and the India Book of Records have already registered it as the most visited museum in the country. The Virasat-e-Khalsa stands apart from other Indian museums not only as a modern architectural masterpiece (designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie) but also as a place that uses the latest technology and audio-visual media to outline the region’s history. It is definitely a place worth visiting for anybody interested in the rich and vibrant heritage of the Punjab.
Image Attribution: The image above, sourced from Wikimedia Commons, shows the Virasat-e-Khalsa or Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex, located in the city of Anandpur Sahib, Punjab (India). A tribute to Guru Gobind Singh, the last Guru of the Sikhs, it celebrates the establishment of the Khalsa. The image was uploaded by Sanyam Bahga.