Amritsar, july 24
The SGPC installed a portrait of Nawab Rai Kahlan, an aide of Guru Gobind Singh, in the Central Sikh Museum located at the Golden Temple complex here today.
The customary unveiling ceremony was jointly conducted by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and Golden Temple head priest Giani Jagtar Singh.
Earlier, kirtan was performed by Raagi Sukhjinder Singh and ardas was performed by Bhai Rajdeep Singh.
Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh briefed about Nawab Rai Kahlan, who being a Muslim, volunteered for the tenth guru during the oppressive reign of Aurangzeb. Guru Gobind Singh had presented him Ganga Sagar (a pot), kirpan and other articles which were safely preserved by his next generation, now living in Pakistan, till date.
Meanwhile, Rai Aziz Ulah Khan, a descendant of Nawab Rai Kahlan, showed his gratitude towards the SGPC through a letter.
Gurwinder Pal Singh, who made the portrait, was honoured. SGPC executive member Ram Singh, Bhai Gurcharan Singh Garewal among others were present.
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