5:29 am - Friday November 28, 2014

A visit to Virasat-E-Khalsa

Virasat-e-Khalsa Heritage Complex Anandpur SahibLast year on December 30th, I got a chance to visit Virasat–E–Khalsa, Shri Anandpur Sahib as a part of my college tour. The mesmerizing architect and the glory of Virasat–E–Khalsa prompted me to write this article. So here are some of the insights into this glorious monument.

Designed by Moshe Safdie, the internationally acclaimed Boston-based Israeli architect, the design has two main complexes, which are joined with a connecting ceremonial bridge. The canopy on this bridge is an architectural experiment and is situated in the opposite direction of the sun and does not provide any shade. The western complex houses an auditorium. The eastern complex has a north wing also known as the Flower Building. The roof of the Flower Building is shaped in the form of five petals – representing five virtues – central tenet of the sikh faith. The other wing is called the Boat Building or the Heritage Section.

The museum exhibits Guru Granth Sahib in the first phase and the history of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur to partition in the second phase. The sandstone building stands tall amidst Seven acres of water around. The building will be extended furthermore and more exhibits will be installed from time to time. This monument is only the first phase of the whole Khalsa Heritage Complex.

The moment we reached at Virasat-E-Khalsa around 3:30pm, there was a great rush at the pass counter. Although there is no entry fee (yet), one has to avail passes to enter in the building. Thanks for being on a college tour, we got the passes a little quickly but the names on the passes were not of our college students and the timing for the groups’ entry was 3:00 pm. We were asked to simply take the passes and I stood there wondering what the use of these passes is then? Anyway, as soon as we started marching towards the building, the long queue of the visitors standing on the bridge was visible to us. A lift took us to the bridge where a single queue awaited us. Because of its recent inauguration, there was a huge rush. We were told that everyday around 10000-25000 visitors come to visit Virasat-E-Khalsa. The timings of the visit have been lengthened recently as the visitors complained that they had to go back without visiting the place even after waiting for long hours in the queue. There is a provision of benches for the elderly who cannot afford to stand for such long hours waiting for their turn. After standing in the queue for almost 45 minutes, we finally entered the building and were welcomed by the persons on duty. Gursikh boys and girls are specially assigned for the job of assistance to the visitors. Well mannered boys and girls clad in blue sherwani, white pajami, saffron turbans and in saffron duppata, kameez, blue salwars and pullovers, respectively, were polite and humble all the time. Before the entry into the first level i.e. the museum, the visitors are introduced with the building and given information about what they are about to see on a LCD.

Virasat E Khalsa Heritage Complex Anandpur Sahib
The depiction of the setting of the sun and the corresponding scenic view of houses in the museum depicting Punjab of earlier times.

Virasat E Khalsa Heritage Complex Anandpur Sahib
The depiction of earlier Golden Temple and surrounding Amritsar in the museum depicting Punjab of earlier times.

Then starts the mesmerizing journey of the museum. The moment you enter the first phase, there is darkness in the room and then suddenly echoes the voices of chirping birds and a blue tint of light becomes visible. The feeling and the scenic view is hard to put in words and is to be experienced only. Moreover explaining everything won’t do justice to this marvel. To be precise, this museum displays permanent exhibits depicting Punjab before the birth of Guru Nanak. This shows the culture, climate, seasons, and festivals of the pre-Nanak times. The visual effects are magnificent. Jasbir Jassi has lend his melodious voice for a medley of Punjabi folksongs. Beginning with the dawn of the day, taking you through numerous love stories, Punjabi festivals, rituals, occupational works, Golden temple of historic times, and ending with the setting of the sun, this part of the museum leaves you yearning for more. The excellent depiction of Diwali celebrations in Punjab and the exhibit of sawan season leaves the visitors awestruck. All the while, the crowd was clapping, screaming, whistling and dancing to the beats of Jassi ‘s couplets at the shift of every audio-visual effect and the accompanying shift in the song. The ceiling of this heritage building is made of glass and its floor is covered with water. Wherever there are boundaries, they are covered with Phulkari and Bagh fixed in the floor and the walls.

Virasat E Khalsa Heritage Complex Anandpur Sahib
Shri Guru Amardas ji ‘s gallery in the Flower Building.

Up next, the visitors are provided with headphones and audiometers. There are sensors in every phase / gallery / level which while we enter that level activate automatically and the audio messages are audible describing the exhibits on display. In the first gallery, the visitors are greeted by the holy message of “Ek Onkar”. Hanging from the ceiling in a chandelier shape are saffron crystal chains forming the shape of Ek onkar, amidst the starlit sky. The mool mantar echoes all around while an audio message highlights the core principles of Sikhism. The gallery is again dimly lit so as to take you to an altogether different experience.

Virasat E Khalsa Heritage Complex Anandpur Sahib

The lives of five gurus are next in the series. In the flower building, five petals tell tales from Guru Nanak Dev ji to Guru Arjun Dev ji. Fifteen galleries in all provide an insight into the sikh religion and innumerable sacrifices. The lives of Gurus, right from 15th century to the early years of Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Angad Dev, Guru Amardas, Guru Ramdas, Guru Arjun Dev, martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, setting up of Harminder Sahib and more are depicted through paintings and videos. Most of the paintings and exhibits are symbolic in nature and are drenched with contemporary art, which many of the village folk might miss to interpret. However, there are audio and visual descriptions given before the onset of every exhibit. At display here is a unique tree symbolizing the growing branches of Sikhism, the setting up of the Golden Temple Sarovar, Adi Granth Sahib ( again in a symbolic form with a marble structure shaped in the form of Guru Granth Sahib with a Chandoa on the rooftop ), Akal Takht Sahib, the developmental phase of Gurmukhi Lippi, to name a few. The exit from these first five galleries takes you to the roof of the flower building, where a structure symbolizing Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji ‘s martyrdom has been placed. It’s a Tatti Tavi on display. The structure is placed in the open on purpose, just to give an idea how much pain, heat and Tapash was endured by the Guru while sacrificing his life.

Entering again in the Flower building, Chamkaur Di Garhi built with Nanakshahi bricks welcomes the visitors. There is huge wooden door resembling the old quila darwaajas, depicting the historical Chamkaur Di Garhi. After waiting for the turn, the vistors enter into this phase. This is actually a small auditorium, where the visitors are shown a short documentary on the martyrdom of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and the creation of Khalsa Panth. The enchanting part here are the three moving screens which move back and forth to form a single screen and the Nagadaa in the centre, which when the documentary begins seems to be the one hit by the Dankaas, a visual again hard to put in words.
The exit from the auditorium brings the visitors to the last phase, depicting the martyrdom of the Sahebjaadaz, and the flying doves symbolizing the message of peace given by Sikhism. After returning the audiometers, the visitors exit from the flower building to the rooftop from where entire Anandpur Sahib is visible. The visitors unwillingly have to depart from here.

Virasat-E-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib

Virasat-E-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib

A visit to Virasat- E – Khalsa was a memorable experience. The place is well maintained, with modern and spec lavatories, cleanliness of the galleries and other proper facilities. The assistants at your disposal are equally pleasing and helpful.

Virasat-E-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib
The monument looks spectacular at night.

However, there are certain shortcomings too. Unfortunately and sadly, there is no information available about who the architect of this monument is. Neither the visitors are informed about who has created such marvelous pieces of paintings, sculptures and other exhibits. The assistants on duty also knew nothing. The inbuilt marble etched with the name of Sardar Prakash Singh Badal who inaugurated this monument is pretty much there on the very entrance but ironically, no place for the names of those who created this architectural wonder. For the ones, who don’t know, the place is Designed by Moshe Safdie, the internationally acclaimed Boston-based Israeli architect. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the artist whose works are on display, but from what I came across through a documentary on some TV channel, he is from Jaipur and a non-sikh. He spent first 2-3 years learning about sikh religion and Punjab to give life to his works. Apart from this major limitation, I am afraid that the seven acres of water surrounding the building are soon to be perished too. The monument was inaugurated on November 25, i.e hardly a month and a half ago, yet there are certain patches in the water blocks where the plants are breeding and no one is bothering to uproot them.

Virasat-E-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib

Another thing which I would like to point out here is the length of our superstitious nature. No disrespect, but the pools of water are filled with coins. As I mentioned earlier, in totality there are 7 acres of water and trust me when I say that you will see coins all around, even in the far fetched remote water pools. Leave aside that, the very first gallery depicting Punjab of earlier times has its water filled floor with piles of coins. Interestingly, a group of boys standing next to us in the queue, held the coins in their palms with closed eyes, pretended to utter something in their mouths and threw the coins in the water and laughed thereafter. You can pretty well imagine what would have happened after that. It will certainly become a wish well one day !!! Also, One of the six LCDs in the monument already has a faulty screen.

The third and the fatal glitch is with the audiometers, which don’t seem to be technically that sound. They fail to operate at the levels. When you ask the assistants why they are not operating, you are asked to walk in again and place it before the sensor so that it might pick it up. Hmm…. One more thing, the audiometers are available in Punjabi, Hindi and English. But the visitors are neither informed about this nor are asked to chose a language. Its not even written anywhere on the counter. Kabir Bedi, Divya Dutta & Surjit Patar have lend their voices for English and Punjabi versions respectively. The security system also seems to fail. Nowhere, our belongings were checked. Although the visitors have to submit their belongings in the Gathri Ghar, there is only one metal detector. The visitors are asked not to carry any mobile phones or cameras inside. Although we dint use them, we had them with us all the time and no one stopped us, or checked our pockets. Security needs to be tightened up for sure.

Another thing, which saddened me are our nation’s age old mannerisms and restlessness. While standing in the queue people don’t stop pushing you, and don’t take the pain of walking into the auditorium because as the gates open, you literally fly right away into the auditorium. The most irritating part was seeing the literate, well clad gentleman and the ladies touching all the exhibits again and again, and rubbing their shoulders while passing along despite of the numerous requests from the assistants. At certain places, there is glass in front of the exhibits but not everywhere. Undoubtedly, they need to place them everywhere, as we, the Punjabis, don’t value the things being created for us and consider it our birth right to spoil such places.

Virasat-E-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib
Long queue waits ahead. Also, notice the canopy constructed in the opposite direction of the sun.

Lastly, one suggestion for the ones who haven’t visited the monument yet. The best time to visit Virasat-E-khalsa is in the winter season. Standing in the long queues in summers is a cumbersome job. Given that the place is thronged by the visitors in huge numbers at the moment because of its recent inauguration, there might not be such huge rush in the coming months, But as mentioned earlier, The canopy on this bridge is an architectural experiment and is situated in the opposite direction of the sun and does not provide any shade. So visiting the place in scorching summers could be troublesome.
Although, it seems that there could be much more in the monument as the space isn’t fully utilized, and it has its own shortcomings, yet the place is a must to visit, a departure from the present times into the historical Punjab, from where you come out drenched in a feeling of pride.
Virasat-E-Khalsa Anandpur Sahib
Virasat E Khalsa Heritage Complex Anandpur Sahib
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59 Responses to “A visit to Virasat-E-Khalsa”

  1. moupiya
    September 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Hello,
    I am a design student and have recently started working on enhancing user experience in a museum in guwahati. I am glad i came across this article, it really helps understand the museum and the self documentation is worth reading once.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Happy
    March 22, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Hello, I visited Sri Anandpur Sahib in Dec 2012. I have seen this building being built. There use to be a hill at this place which was totally ruined. Anandpur sahib is being poorly planned. You can see the new residential subdivisions around. This building is beautiful piece of architect. I think the Virasat-e- Khalsa is not very appropriate name. I think it is more or less a Punjabi Virasat. As you enter inside, you hear the loud punjabi music and boliyan. On the wall where they have shown a village setup, you can find a Liquor Store (Sharab da Theka), some astrologers etc. which has nothing to do with the concept of Khalsa. The audio devices were not working. English audio devices were not available. The girl at the counter was not very helpful. Some audio devices stop working in the middle of tour and we need to come back all the way to the counter to have them replaced. The burning hot plate was not working> There was not enough lighting, because regular power supply was not available and they were running generators. At the entrance we deposited our cameras, phones etc, but inside we say the people were taking pictures. The information provided is fair for visitors who do not have knowledge about Sikh history/traditions but as Sikh i was not that impressed. My expectations might be too high.

  3. January 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Thats a Beautiful Place.I Wish to Visit There Once.

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  5. Jaspal Singh
    September 5, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Wisely conceived by far-sighted architects, and well-built by the engineers. Now it would be appropriate that NGOs like Nanhi Chhan should come forward to get the landscaping done around this complex as well as the hills in the background.

    • Geet Sandhu
      September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Thanks Jaspal sir. Thats a pretty good suggestion, only if someone in the authorities feels the same. The place where visitors have to stand in queues for such a long time, trees would be a great help there as well.

  6. Jaspal Singh
    September 5, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Well conceived and well built. ow there is scope for landscaping by trained experts around this heritage building, together with the hills in the background.

  7. June 15, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Dear Sandhu,

    this is the first part off this museum, we are now working on second phase off this museum,
    under the guidance of Mr. Amardeep Behl (director of A.B.Designhabit).

    • Geet Sandhu
      September 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks for the update sir.

  8. Gurpreet Singh
    June 15, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Dear Geet Sandhu.
    your article is well writtten. I would like to contribute certain details that I know. The interiors are visualised and done under the guidance of Mr. Amardeep Behl (director of A.B.Designhabit). Intense research was also done by Amar’s team. His efforts to get this kind of work done is highly recommendable.

    • Geet Sandhu
      September 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Thanks for informing sir.

  9. Pritpal Pabla
    March 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Thanks Dolly for this beautiful article. I wish to visit this place soon. You wrote this so nicely that I almost felt that I am there for a second… And also proper documentations should be there with the paintings to aware audience…

    • dollysandhu
      March 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks for liking the article Pritpal :) You must visit it.

  10. February 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    super architecture…..really splendid to watch…..whosoever started it or finished it….doesnt matter…i m proud to see this in my lifetime….nd one big problem is the NRIs coming to watch this place for their fun only …nd not to see their past,history nd culture i have listned them saying “ki aa ethe ….mai ta bahr niklna etho jldi” .. nd dolly ji it will last very long jdo singh koi cheej bnaunde aa ta kmaal di hi bnaunde aa…paise di prwah ni karde

    • dollysandhu
      February 16, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks for going through the article Satinder ji. I also wish that it lasts till times immemorial. But i slightly dont agree with the last statement of yours. Eho ji state jithe addhe tu wadh loki bhukhe pet saunde ne raata nu, te garmiya wich jithe kai pinda wich sirf 2-2 ghante he electricity jandi e te jithe loka diya basic necessities v pooriya nahi hundia; utthe Italian marbles dia buildings ussar dena jja “paise di parwah” na karde hoye imaarta khadiyan kar dena koi samjhdari wali gal nahi lagdi. Ehi j Singh gurua di Daswandh di pratha nu agge chaulaunde hoye sache manno daswandh kadh k smaajik kamma ch laun ja kise lodwand di maddad kar den, mere khyaal ch oh kite wadh jaruri hai aj de scenario wich. I am not saying here k is tara de memorials banauna galat hai. I whole heatedly welcome this decision but i am just disagreeing with your last statement..bhull chukk maaf, thats what i feel.

  11. aman
    February 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    hi dolly,

    Its a monument which has been created by a corrupt set up of retired pwd engineers in collusion with associate architect based at delhi who assisted moshe safdie and through a spineless exhibit designer also based at delhi who scumbbed to corrupt practices of retired pwd engineers.

    Out of project cost of 300 cr , 50 % is gone in pockets of corrupt officials through extra prices paid to contractors and lavish expenses of officials.

    These corrupt officials has thrown out JLLMBO a professional internation property management organisation who got the contract of maintenance & operations and pointed out & stressed upon removal of all defects by contractors before officialy taking over for operations.

    Now A2Z is awarded with this work at higher price including their commission, A2Z is known for worst possible performance history in property management.

    THIS MONUMENT MUST BE HANDED OVER TO SGPC TO SAFE GUARD IT FROM CONVERTING INTO RUINS.

    • dollysandhu
      February 16, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      Hey Aman, if thats true then its truly shocking.

  12. Ajay Sandhu
    January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Well done Dolly, i will visit soon with my family,

    • dollysandhu
      January 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      Thanks bhaji..and you should go here :)

  13. gursunny
    January 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Well summed up. It was a great experience visiting this place. Thanks for pushing me to join you guys.

    • dollysandhu
      January 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      thankss

  14. DrGurtej
    January 7, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    “Perfect Traveller Writer” you are…..

    • dollysandhu
      January 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      That means a lot sir. Thanks for the appreciation.

  15. Yankee Saini
    January 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I still have to finish reading this! Sorry dolly ji! :P

    • dollysandhu
      January 6, 2012 at 4:01 am #

      lol..no need to be sorry yankee…and it isn’t that lengthy man lol

  16. parm47
    January 5, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    superlyk article. enj laga ap e puj gae aa virasat e khalsa ch.. nicely written .

    300 crs ali gl java ee jhuuth aa ….. masa 100 ku crore e lga huna …….

    • dollysandhu
      January 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks again..

  17. Talwinder
    January 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    are the CCTV’s installed there ?

    • dollysandhu
      January 5, 2012 at 4:44 am #

      Yepp, they are pretty much there.

  18. parm47
    January 4, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    dolly ji nice article.
    while studying aen lgda si jive aap ee othe paunch gae a . :-)
    thumbs up 4 ur article

    • dollysandhu
      January 5, 2012 at 4:44 am #

      Bahut bahut shukria Parm ji.

      • January 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

        Thats a Beautiful Place. I Want to Visit There Once. :)

  19. Karan Virk
    January 4, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    one of the very few nicest things punjab govt. did in last 60 years of independence..

    • dollysandhu
      January 5, 2012 at 4:43 am #

      yepp :)

  20. Simran Janjua
    January 4, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    nice article and clicks :)

    • dollysandhu
      January 4, 2012 at 5:32 am #

      Thanks Sam.

  21. 5jabiportal
    January 4, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    How about putting up barriers or glass in front of the paintings and murals so that the visitors only see them from a few feet away. Its done in museums around the world. Also, how about hiring regular maintenance staff for the water courses and landscaping sure they can do that with a few lakh rupees a year. A 10 rupee ticket or pay what you can type of system or a donation box like gurdwaras will take care of it. The most important thing here is who is going to maintain the place? Maybe followers of sant seechewal should take it up as volunteers…or NRI sikhs etc. this is one area where we do need outside expertise i.e in maintenance and crowd management.

    • dollysandhu
      January 4, 2012 at 5:37 am #

      Hanji there are glass barriers in front of certain murals but not everywhere. May be they didnt place them everywhere because of being in a hurry to inaugurate the monument before the elections. Secondly, there is already a maintenance staff for its upkeep and if i am not wrong, the amount for its maintenance per year is in crores and not just lakhs. And lastly, we shouldnt worry about the donation thingy as we all know very well that once the elections are over, the entry wont be for free.. lol

  22. 5jabiportal
    January 4, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    How about putting up barriers or glass in front of the paintings and murals so that the visitors only see them from a few feet away. Its done in museums around the world. Also, how about hiring regular maintenance staff for the water courses and landscaping sure they can do that with a few lakh rupees a year. A 10 rupee ticket or pay what you can type of system or a donation box like gurdwaras will take care of it. The most important thing here is who is going to manage the place? Maybe followers of sant seechewal should take it up as volunteers…or NRI sikhs etc. this is one area where we do need outside expertise i.e in maintenance and crowd management.

  23. January 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    bahut vadia likheya dolly. very nice article and great photos.

    • dollysandhu
      January 4, 2012 at 5:32 am #

      Thanks a lot DJP

  24. jobanjeet
    January 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Nice article dolly ji..

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks Joban.

  25. rkahlon
    January 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Very nice article. Hurts to not see the names of artists and architects at various places. I will give an example. Here we have world famous Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the people who donated the money in millions, and the Mayors, Senators etc. find their names at intervals on the walls engraved in 2-3 lines. That is also important. One wall is dedicated to development of museum under patronage of various city Mayors…very important.

    But the art mentions the names and histories of all the artists, archaeologists, historians etc. under the exhibits.

    Coin vaala system ta bahut kharaab hai. Sick of it.

    Very nice article. Develop it for a newspaper.

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      yepp that is truly disappointing. Do provide some insights into the newspaper thingy didz.. What should be done for that?

  26. gilsarvar
    January 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I think it’s a good place to visit for tourists from other states.. as of now we don’t have anything in Punjab except Golden Temple, Amritsar… hope Anandpur will be the next one…

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Going by the numbers who throng this place at the moment, i can only agree with you sarvar veer.

  27. Jaskiran
    January 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Virasat-E-Khalsa te bahut hi khoobsurat hai, lag hi nahi reha India hai

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      Filhaal ta edda e lagda e jado tusi pehli war wekhde o is monument nu. Moreover, the facilities and the cleanliness inside, different kind of dustbins and clean lifts, the modern lavatories form the same impression. Hope it stays the same.

  28. Gulshandeep singh
    January 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Yes BLiving In OZ .. I watched all the videos or photos about this monument in December. these badal’s just want to complete this before elections to add something on their list and Say to people that this SAD party is Religious party. I don;t know until what time these Badal’s { Sukhbir} gundagardi will survive and people in punjab just close their eyes and vote for them even after 5 yrs..

    Sad end…… I would love to pay even 2 rupee for the entry their but don;t want to listen from next Govt. that they r out of money to continue the service in there in future…
    Gudluck//….only one thing Badal kadho…..obby bai g.. u guys r right they build this in 13 so yrs and it will not survive half of that time.

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      That is very true. After we came out of the monument, there were visitors who were saying “bai vote ta bandi e badal di..ehni wadhia yaadgaar de gaya sikh panth nu..” This is insane.. For that matter, this monument was started by Capt. Amrinder Singh and not by the Badals.As you have pointed out they just wanted to complete it before elections to garner some favorable votes.

  29. Jaskiran
    January 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    lovely article dolly dd <3

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks jaskiran.

  30. January 3, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Bahut wadiya article likhia Dolly!
    I don’t understand they’ve spent 300 Crore on this building.. but they cant do anything to provide electricity in Punjab. Earlier power cuts were the summer routine but hun ta winters c power cuts start ho rhe ne.. and then they govt kol paise ni haige electricity hi mehngi karni pau..

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks bhabuz.. i felt the same way. 300crore man !! thats one hell of amount and after visiting the monument you would actually wonder if this much was spent on it.

  31. January 3, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Oh and there should have been more photographs.. a lot more indeed. Also consider developing it for a newspaper.

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      we werent allowed to click pictures inside. The only place where we could get the photographs was outside, and that i did. The pictures of the galleries are from a newspaper, otherwise camera is strictly prohibited inside the monument.

  32. January 3, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    It actually saddened me. I suspected such issues and i’m sure they will only get worse. I don’t think i will ever visit the monument as i’m bound to get a lot hurt if i do.

    So, for how long do you think the monument will survive? 2 years at most, until all the paintings are rubbed in, and you see “ABC Loves XYZ” etched on walls here and there. It took them 13 years to build it…. and i bet it wont even survive half of that.

    • dollysandhu
      January 3, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      Hmm i am afraid it will meet that fate eventually. But regarding the paintings, i heard it from the one who created them in a documentary on some TV channel that the colors are never going to rot and the exhibits will stay intact for numerous years. Moreover, vandalism can take place outside the monument but there is no chance of the same inside it. But if that happens, then people really need to grow up. Dont lose the chance to visit it, you must go and see it. I am sure there will be things which i failed to notice.

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