In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib: 1 Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Feb 2018
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"immensely readable" -- Susan Stronge, Senior Curator, Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum
"comprehensive research" -- The Tribune
"Nidar Singh and Parmjit Singh do remarkable work in cataloguing the history of Deccani Sikhs..." --World Sikh News. --World Sikh News
"a beautiful production... a precious collector's item which I will treasure a treasure-chest of a book! ...combines fascinating and deeply informed text with an abundance of superbly reproduced images ...This aesthetically and historically rich volume celebrates an important and under-acknowledged strand of Sikh tradition at a time when it is at risk as never before" --Professor Eleanor Nesbitt, author of 'Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction
"A fabulous achievement ...Hazoor Sahib takes us into a lost world of Sikh history. We are in the presence not only of the Master but of world class scholarship and research" --Christy Campbell, author of The Maharajah's Box
From the Author
At the end of 2006, news reports from India highlighted the wilful destruction of Hazoor Sahib's built heritage in preparation for the tercentenary celebrations slated for October 2008.
As the story unfolded, it became worryingly clear that the shrine had become a victim of a fatal cocktail of ignorance, arrogance and apathy, and made worse by the corrupting influence of `new' money injected by the central and state governments for infrastructure projects in and around Nanded.
The actions of the takht's custodians, the Gurdwara Board, surprised many observers and heritage lovers. Supposedly charged with protecting and preserving the shrine complex, a brash Board ignored calls made by conservation experts and concerned members of the global Sikh community to stop the demolition. As their pleas fell on deaf ears, several important historical structures in and around the Takht Hazoor Sahib complex were flattened in the name of modernisation. These events crystallised our intention to act, giving rise to this book in the hope that the sad scenes recently witnessed at Hazoor Sahib will never repeat themselves.
It gives us great pleasure, therefore, to present In the Master's Presence, the story behind one of the early pillars of Sikh tradition that has now all but disappeared in its original form. In this first volume of two, we delve into the history of the built heritage of Takht Hazoor Sahib and trace the major milestones in the growth of the colony of Hazoori Sikhs.
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Beatifully illustrated and well referenced.
I highly recommend this book for all Sikhs and Sikh historians to read.
so many beautiful, unseen pictures taken from libraries/private collections all over the world, not to mention much detailed information. There are so many sources (some of it collected from local people) its amazing! Alongside many British accounts of soldiers/policemen are the documents and records of officers who, under the British Raj, used the temple as a political hub for there own agendas. Also included are interviews and images of various festivals and gatherings. Wonderful stuff!
Sikhs, as well as other religions, are still suffering the affects of British influence, and their `Christianisation'. This book gives the reader an alternative view of how Sikhs lived their lives away from British managed Panjab. It accurately documents how Guru Gobind Singh's traditions have been kept alive since his death and how those traditions differ from what we see inside Gurdwara's in Panjab, and across the world.
Rarely do I read Historical books that I can't put down. This one kept me up for nights on end. The images are literally breathtaking and I spent just as much time being mesmerised by them as I did reading the book. I hope that Volume 2 picks up where the first one left off and explores further the depths of British meddling in Sikh practice. Please hurry with Volume 2!
Personally, I've read a few chapters and I am thrilled. I must admit that I was one of those 'mainstream Sikhs' who thought that my Hazoor Sahib counterparts were a bit behind in their practices, but now I am enlightened and more educated. I now believe that I was the one who was behind and ignorant. This wonderful piece of work and effort on your behalf is an exceptional endeavour. In one word, 'sublime'. The illustrations alone make it unique and well sought after.
The Sikh world needs to know what its history is. Ignorance needs to be dispelled and with the collaboration of Parmjit Singh with Nihung Niddar Singh, Sikhism can reach its full potential.
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