Text: Dr. Mohinder Singh
Photography: Sondeep Shankar
Paperback, Full Color 95 pages
UBS Publishers’ Distributors in association
with National Institute of Panjab Studies
Published under the Panjab
Anandpur Sahib is one of the important centers of Sikh Religion. Founded by the ninth Guru in AD 1664, the city came into prominence during the period of his son and the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Situated in the picturesque lower spurs of the Shivalik Mountain ranges on the left bank of river Sutlej, the holy city is dotted by a number of historical Gurdwaras. It was here that Guru Gobind Singh ji created the Order of the Khalsa at Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib, which is one of the five centers of Sikh temporal authority. Guru ji protected the city by constructing a number of forts at strategic points, the most important of them being Kesgarh, Anandgarh, Lohgarh, Holgarh and Taragarh.
During the terecentenary of the creation of the Khalsa in 1999 over five million pilgrims from all over the world visited this city. An impressive Sikh heritage complex is being built at Anandpur which promises to be one of the wonders of the world.
The text by Dr. Mohinder Singh, an eminent Sikh historian and Director of National Institute of Punjab Studies, New provides a fascinating account of Anandpur Sahib. Once again the sensitive eye of Sondeep Shankar, one of India’s leading photographer provides a rare glimpse of the Gurdwaras, Forts, Havelis, Gates and above all, Nihang Sikhs described as Knight-errants of Guru Gobind Singh with their colorful costumes and martial arts.