Freed Posted July 12, 2005 Report Share Posted July 12, 2005 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 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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