The School of Sikh History

Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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Thursday, November 3, 2005

Day 43 Wed 2nd Nov 2005
Ths School of Sikh History
This morning Soma woke me up at 10, yeah again I wasn't willing but I suppose I couldn't really have stay in bed all day! He said a few lads from Pind were going to visit a Gurdwara nearby and asked if I wanted to come along. I hadn't planed to do anything else so off we went (I did shower up and all that first!). Most of the guys went on a Tempoo (see pic), these things used to be the preferred choice of public transport back in the days, but now there are not many of them around (thank good!) don't get me wrong, they are good fun but just too slow and way too loud! We had a good laugh on the way there, there were five of us in a jeep and all the Larries were in the Tampoo.We got to the first Gurdwara at midday, it was called Nanaksar. We had a look around and all the guy's just kept cussing the people that run the Gurdwara, I thought to myself if it that bad, what have we come here for! Anyway we moved swiftly on to the next place, this was a Gurdawara that had been visited by Guru Gobing Singh Ji (will find out the name). They have made these very detailed and somewhat graphic statues depicting scenes of significance to the Sikh religion. Most of them centred on the struggle for recognition of the faith, and oppression from the Muslims who ruled most of north India at that time. It was an amazing thing to see, I would strongly recommend it to anyone who visits the Punjab. It made me realise just how little I know about Sikhism and made want to learn more. I remembered some details shown in the scenes from when I was a child but the details were vague, the only thing I would say is they should have the scenes described in English as well as Punjabi, it would help Larries like me to better understand. There was one scene in particular that moved me, it was of a battle scene and amongst all the carnage a Sikh soldier is giving water to the wounded, although he was surrounded by wounded Sikh soldiers, he is shown first giving water to a Muslim soldier. I was quite moved by the whole experience and my utmost respect goes out to those who fought for the faith then and those who are keeping it alive today. The journey home was quiet, I think everyone was reflecting on what they had seen, I know I was. Back in Pind we proceeded with take two of Diwali -Diwala, we had still got loads of fireworks left and although my ears (especially the right one) were still wrecked from last night we went all out again! Most of the kids from the houses near us got involved with our Diwala. After half and hour of lighting these bangers one by one, I came up with an idea, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!!! We made a small fire and put a wire basket on it, then we just threw bangers into it, it was madness but good fun at the same time (see vid). I feel more wrecked than I did yesterday. We go to Jalandhar tomorrow to pick up my stuff, I hope we get everything because I don't have much time left, my main worry is the Dhol! Fingers crossed for that one.
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