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Gurfateh!

I always get requests and messages to post more pictures of Nihangs - I thought people would get bored of them but it seems people can't get enough of them.

Here is a collection of pictures - I got a little carried away, so this is a HUGE post - I have posted thumbnails because there are so many pictures, so apologies for the 'stupid' advertisements that appear alongside the picture when you click on the thumbnails.

Enjoy the pictures ! (like I said before I got a little carried away - I never know when to stop !)

Lohgarh Collection

ਸੋ ਅਕਾਲੀ ਰੂਪ ਹੈ

ਨੀਲ ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਧਹਿਰਾਇ

ਜਪੇ ਜਾਪੁ ਗੁਰਬਰ ਅਕਾਲ

ਸਰਬਲੋਹ ਪਹਿਰਾਇ |੧|

(ਭਾਈ ਦਯਾ ਸਿੰਘ)

My obssession with Nihangs started at an early age - it was sparked by a childhood visit to the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London where I saw the Akali Dastars and it grew on a trip to Punjab in 1979 - Nihangs camped near our village Bus Stand and as I stood waiting for the bus to Phillaur I would watch them in amazement as they combed their Kes and tied and adorned their Dastars.

Here is my first ever picture of a Nihang - taken by me in 1979

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These next pictures are from paintings, sketches and lithographs;

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*from The Illustrated London News 1846

Details from A. Soltykoff's 'Indian Scenes and Characters' 1859

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An Akali by Skinner c.1825

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Akali Gian Singh - 9th Jathedar

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Boodh Singh Akali - who died fighting in the battle of Ferozeshah

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Victorian view of the Akalis

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Woodcuts and paintings

Akali Phoola Singh

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Akalis depicted with Guru Sahib

Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji shown with Large Dastar and Large Farla

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Detail from Gurdwara Baba Atal Sahib

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paintings;

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Baba Atal Murals

Baba Ajit Singh Ji

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Nena Singh Shahid Kharag Singh shahid

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Karthorh Singh Sham Singh

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Baba Jujhaar Singh Ji

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Tapa Singh Shahid

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Kharakh Singh

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Bijla Singh

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Balwant Singh

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Baba Deep Singh Ji

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Hukum Singh

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Chhote Sahibzadey

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Uday Singh Shahid

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Baba Deep Singh Ji

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Nihangs at the time of the Anglo Sikh wars

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Sketch and painting by Emily Eden

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Akali Natha Singh

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Akali Phoola Singh

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Details from the paintings of A Schoefft

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Details from The 'Sowaree' in silver of Ranjit Singh

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A detail from a painting of Sher Singh's Durbar

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Simple paintings and Tangore Paintings

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A Battle scene

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The sons of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia

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A French engraving of Darbar Sahib 1831

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Details of Akalis

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Details from the paintings of Carpenter

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Keher Singh paintings

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From Wall murals

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Mortimer Menpes paintings

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Old photgraphs

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1960s

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Hola

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Baba Anoop Singh Gravesend

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Hem Kunt Sahib

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The Frozen sarover

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Amrit

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Baba Santa Singh Ji

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Some favourite images

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That was a lot of pictures ! hope you didn't get 'Nihang' fatigue ! and that you enjoyed them !

Gurfateh !

Ranjit Singh 'Freed'

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Gurfateh Chatanga Sahib !

Here are 2 Jhatka pics especially for you

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Fateh Parvaan Jassa Singh Ji !

The Sahibzaday Murals are from the tower of Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib Amritsar - you are so lucky that you are in India - you can drive there (OK it might be a long drive !) but I can only dream and look at pictures until my next visit to Punjab - which probably won't be til next year.

If you do go to Amritsar - you can buy The Buddha Dal gutka and other books published by Buddha Dal at 'Chattar Singh Jivan Singh' book shop - you posted that you were having some trouble finding a gutka.

Gurfateh !

Ranjit Singh

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I received a request to post the uncropped pictures, the details come from.

Here they are ;

August Schoefft's famous 'Dussehra' painting of Ranjit Singh's Darbar

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A mural from the 'Temple of Bairagis' - Ram Tatwali Dist. Hoshiaarpur

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M. Ranjit Singh's 'Sowaaree' - cast in silver by 'Garrards of London'

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A gilded panel from the entrances of the Baba Atal Tower

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A 'Marwar' (Rajasthani) painting of Guru Gobind Singh's journey to Deccan dated around 1770-80

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A folio from Sri Dasm Granth - Jaap Sahib from c1870

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The darbar of Ranjit Singh c1830

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M. Sher Singh seated in the Shish Mahal Lahore Fort - painted by August Schoeftt 1841

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M.Ranjit Singh Listens to Gurbani with the Darbar Sahib in the Background - painted by A. Schoefft 1841

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Watercolours of William Carpenter 1854

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Sardar of the Kanhaiya Misal - S. Jai Singh - pahari painting by Nainsukh c 1775

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'Indian Scenes and Characters' by A Soltykoff 1859 - depicting the Raj of Maharaja Sher Singh

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Enjoy !

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thanks ranjit singh bhaji ...

and as u said ur coming to punjab next year just a request from bottom of my heart just give me a ring once ... and i will be their ... may be i want to see your camera ... and hmmm yes tuhanu we ... oki ...

and regarding the dal panths gutka ... i have find out they are available at shop no 25 in harimander sahib market ... if anyone asks in future just let them know the shop no . i will be visiting amritsar this friday ... hopefully will have darshans

fathe

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