At the entrance to the Baba Baghel Singh Sikh Heritage Multimedia Museum, Connaught Place, New Delhi, is a painting of Guru Nanak standing in the Ganga in Haridwar, tossing water in the direction of his home. Guru Nanak had seen pilgrims cupping water and tossing it towards the sun. He was told that it would bring peace to their ancestors. When pilgrims saw his actions they were surprised. His reply resonates in the headphones given to visitors at the museum: “If the water can reach your ancestors, surely it can reach my fields, only a stone’s throw away.”
The museum within the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has been named after the Sikh warrior Baba Baghel Singh, who conquered Delhi in 1783. It houses nearly 40 paintings and murals made by artisans from across India, which through sensors, headphones and videos talk about the lives and teachings of Sikh gurus.
Vikramjit Singh Sahney, who conceptualised the museum, says, “The younger generation is not aware of our glorious past. Even the older generation does not know much about our rich tradition of secularism, gender equality, socialism and the comfort of universal co-existence in Sikh religion. The museum has been made to highlight this.”
Source – Indian Express.