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Sikh Ajaibghar is a museum of victorious heroes belonging to the Sikh Community, all of the form of beautiful sculptures, assembled at the Village Balongi, near¬† SAS Nagar of Punjab State. Here the valourous Sikh history is propagated and this is also called Sikh museum.
It was Parwinder Singh of Buterla village of Chandigarh District, who created the sculptures of martyrs belonging to Sikh community, with a desire and commitment to bring to the attention of public about Sikh valour and history and organised them of the form of a museum of 2005 at Landran road, now shifted to Balongi near Mohali village, which is called SVS Nagar.
Parwinder Singh has to his credit also founding the Sikh Heritage and Cultural Society during 2003. However, the present premises faces some jeopardy since the promised land for construction of Museum has been withdrawn by the municipal authorities, since the originally allocated 2 canal land has now been transferred to Greater Mohali Area Development Authority for laying out a burial ground.
The art works preserved for the museum are all the sculptures made out of fibreglass by Parwinder Singh.
Sikh Ajabghar museum houses a number of fiber-glass sculpture models made out by Parwinder Singh, which have been winning the hearts of all visitors and tourists coming to Mohali area from other areas of the country besides a number of foreigners.
Among those exhibited here, the following are significant ones:
- BhaiBachittar Singh‚Äôs Statue symbolising his valour of attacking an elephant with a spear as he is riding a horse.
- BhaiTaru Singh‚Äôs statue, showing the scene of his undergoing torture by Zakaria Khan.
- The Statue of BhaiMati Das showing his martyrdom¬† as he was sawn from head downwards his body going two pieces, as was done to his fellow disciples of the ninth Sikh Guru.
This museum which is popular as Sikh AjaibGhar is presently¬† on the threat¬† of demolition because of the fact that¬† the museum occupying land has been earmarked for a graveyard by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
Parvinder Singh who established this museum to propagate the Sikh people‚Äôs honour, claims that he was promised by the then Minister for cultural affairs that 2 Kanal land was given by the Government for this good cause.¬† The GMADA authorities on the¬† other hand affirm that this particular land was assigned for a graveyard and it has been unauthorisedly occupied for construction of the museum. of their opinion, there is little choice for permitting the museum to continue of that location and the present building there has to¬† be taken out for the public utility. However, they will be going through all choices for making an amicable settlement of light of the good cause the museum is addressing now.
How to Reach
Balongi is nearer Mohali, which is called now S V S Nagar. Mohali can be reached by rail, road and by air.
Although Chandigarh Airport is convenient with more number of flights, Amritsar‚Äôs¬† RajaSansi International Airport is nearer Mohali. For one taking rail route, Chandigarh Railway station will be the right one. To go by road, there are number of PEPSU and Haryana Road Transport buses plying to Mohali from all the important destinations, with National Highways 21 and 22 connecting this place.
Timings and Ticket Prices
There is not specific timings found of the literature available. Interested tourists can approach the Museum manager to open for the visitors to see the statues.