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TosheKhana - The Treasury of the Harimandir


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These pictures show some of the priceless treasures kept in the TosheKhana of the Harimandir Sahib Amritsar. The Toshekhana is located in the Darshani Deori - The gatehouse of the Harimandar Sahib.

The toshekhana contains gifts given to the Harimandir by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and other rajas,Sants, Sikh organisations and Sangat.

In this first picture you can the Toshekhana - the treasures are kept in glass display cases - the main lock for the toshekhana has a combination key it requires 4 keys to open - kept by 4 different people - you can see Mah. Ranjit Singh's sword - with a gold hilt studded with diamonds. The Chattar donated by Ranjit Singh - studded with emeralds and pearls with a peacock made of one piece of engraved 'neelam' sapphire. You can also see the Gold Spades and silver 'batas' bowls made for the 1923 'Kar Sewa' of the sarovar.


Here is the 'Jarau Chattar'


This is the 'Jarau Sehra' - This Sehra was made for the Wedding of Sher Singh , the son of Mah. Ranjit Singh -- It was deemed too beautiful and was donated unused by Sher Singh - who brought it personally to the Harimandar Sahib. It cost 132400 Rupees at the time - it has 108 pearls and is decorated with uncut diamonds


detail of sehra


The Toshekhana houses 4 pairs of doors - which adorn the Harimandir sahib at gurpurbs 5 times a year.

One pair was donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh , one pair by the mother of Mah Kharak Singh (son of Ranjit Singh) , one pair by Kharak Singh and one pair by Maharani Chand Kaur , mother of Kanwar NauNihal Singh

These doors were made by Mohammed Yaar Khan and cost 5 lakh rupees at the time.

The doors are decorated with floral patterns and scenes from the Gurus' lives.



details from the doors

Guru Nanak Sahib


Guru Ram Dass Ji excavating the Amritsar sarovar


Guru Arjan Dev Ji - Builder of Amritsar


Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib


Guru Gobind Singh Ji


Guru Nanak flanked by Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala


The treasures in the Toshekhana are ceremoniously displayed 5 times a year on Gurpurbs in the Harimandir Sahib- Called the Jalao - here the Kehea (spades) and batas (bowls) are also displayed in preparation for the Kar Sewa of 1984


* Pictures and info from -

*Siri Harimandir Sahib da Sunehri Itihas - Singh Sahib Giani Kirpal Singh 1991.

* The Sikhs - Sondeep Shankar,Gurbachan Singh 1998

* Maharaja Ranjit Singh - Jean-Marie Lafont - 2002

* The Golden Temple - Mohinder Singh , Sondeep Shankar - 2002

* Maharaja Ranjit Singh -Mohinder Singh , Sondeep Shankar - 2002

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The doors would have been made around 1830 - 39 AD

The work was supervised by Bhai Sant Singh Giani - and by his son Bhai Gurmukh Singh Giani after his death.

The craftsmen were Mistri Muhammed Yaar Khan and his son Allah Yaar Khan.

The total expediture recorded by Giani Gian Singh (Twarik Siri Amritsar)

for the gold work on the Harimandir (not including the marble walls and floors) was ;

1. Maharaja Ranjit Singh -- 1639000 Rupees

2. The Bhangi Sardars -- 3355000 Rupees

3. Maharaja Kharak Singh & Kanwar Nau Nihal Singh -- 941000 Rupees

4 The Maharanees (of Lahore Durbar) -- 185000 Rupees

5. Sikh Sardars --- 128000 rupees

6. Futkal Sikh Sardars -- 163000 rupees

Total -- 6411000 Rupees

Amongst others - Fateh Singh Alhuwalia donated 342634 Rupees for gold for the main dome and

Rani Sada Kaur - Sardarni Khanaiya Misal - gave 175300 Rupees to gild the roofs

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