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Ranjit Singh statue to be unveiled in Lahore today

June 27, 2019 05:21 AM

COURTESY INDIAN EXPRESS JUNE 27

Ranjit Singh statue to be unveiled in Lahore today
The statue has been located in an open space outside the Mai Jindian Haveli in Lahore Fort, close to the building that houses the Ranjit Singh samadhi and the Gurudwara Dera Sahib of Guru Arjun Dev.
Written by Nirupama Subramanian |
Mumbai
A LIFE-SIZE statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled over Punjab for close to 40 years in the early 19th century, is to be inaugurated in Lahore Thursday, on the occasion of his 180th death anniversary.


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The statue has been located in an open space outside the Mai Jindian Haveli in Lahore Fort, close to the building that houses the Ranjit Singh samadhi and the Gurudwara Dera Sahib of Guru Arjun Dev. The haveli, named after Ranjit Singh’s youngest queen, now houses a permanent exhibition of Sikh artefacts and is called the Sikh Gallery.

According to the invitation card for the event, the eight-feet tall statue, which depicts Ranjit Singh mounted on a horse, is being installed under the auspices of the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) — an autonomous body for the conservation of the city’s heritage — in collaboration with S K Foundation, a UK-based Sikh body.

“As you know, religious tourism is one of the main themes of our government. Kartarpur Sahib, Nankana Sahib have got more attention from this government. The Ranjit Singh statue is in line with the government’s focus on religious tourism, particularly Sikh religious tourism,” said WCLA Director-General Kamran Lashairi

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