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In The Masters Presence The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib

Revealed: the hidden history of one of the last bastions of early Sikh tradition, an exotic world that has all but disappeared.

This superbly illustrated landmark work charts the hidden history of the Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib (literally Master s Presence ). This shrine in the Deccan, India's southern region, marks the spot where Guru Gobind Singh found his final resting place in 1708 after spending much of his life battling against the oppressive policies of the Mughal Empire.

Separated from the traditional Sikh heartlands of Punjab by hundreds of miles, the Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib were spared the post-annexation upheaval that transformed the mindset of Punjabi Sikhs from fierce independence to loyal servants of the Raj. The proud and defiant Hazoori Sikhs steadfastly maintained ancient religious traditions and a fascinating oral history, which today uncovers an aspect of Sikh history that appears so astonishing and at odds with modern rhetoric that it is almost considered heresy.

Since some of the most far-reaching events in Sikh history centred on Hazoor Sahib, which is regarded as the fourth Sikh throne of temporal and spiritual authority (takht), it rapidly assumed great importance in Sikh tradition. However, despite its sacred status, history has been singularly unkind to the Hazoori Sikhs. While bookshops are crammed full with tomes on virtually every facet of Sikh history centred round the Punjabi experience, very little by way of a connected narrative is available on the Sikhs of the Deccan; even less published material exists in terms of early photographs or paintings. This is the gap that this book, the first of a two-volume work, aims to fill.

The authors have drawn upon years of painstaking research, a wealth of written materials drawn from public and private archives from around the world and extensive oral tradition collected over multiple field trips, to evoke a vivid and often startling account of the empires, events and characters whose lives are intertwined with the fate of the tenth Guru's final resting place. The constant traffic of humanity, lavish gifts and coded messages carried on between Punjab and the Deccan by courtly agents, itinerant Sikh warriors, naked ascetics, rogue spies and jobless mercenaries, all contributed to the rich tapestry of intrigue and mystery that colours the account.


£ 60.00

A Short History Of The Sikhs Volume 1

The material is mainly from the original sources, and second hand or later authorities are quoted o­nly in support of earlier o­nes.

£ 7.95

Community Kitchen of the Sikhs

Learn about the history, philosophy and the working of this institution in all the places where the Sikh communities reside, merits the notice by all other communities. It is a gift of the Sikh Guru not to the Sikhs alone, but to the entire world. The Langar, which is how the pangat is more popularly known, is an institution where divinely inspired service of mankind is practiced unremittingly.

£ 5.95

Contesting Interpretations of The Sikh Tradition
This book is seasoned historian attempts to resolve a bitter international debate that has raged in Sikh studies for over a decade. With a deep commitment to the discipline of history and a genuine appreciation for the Sikh tradition, Professor J.S.Grewal presents a historiographical treat which becomes at the same time the first introduction of its kind to the Sikh tradition itself.
£ 19.95

Fighter For Freedom
Maharaja Duleep Singh

History, by and large, has painted Maharaja Duleep Singh as a thorough English country gentleman of his times, living beyond his means and incurring debts in consequence.

Living in London after his exile to England, he spent most of his youth in his favourite pastimes such as fencing, hawking, hunting and shooting.

£ 9.95

Forts,Palaces and Havelis of Panjab

Panjab, literally the Land of Five Rivers, has been the cradle of the world’s oldest civilization dating back to 2500 BC. It was o­n this land that the oldest scripture of the world, the Rigveda...

...was written and some of the best centres of learning developed. It was also in Panjab that some of the epic battles, including that of Mahabharat, were fought. Because of its geographical location, Panjab has been the gateway to all invaders entering through the North-West Frontier. It was because of the frequent invasions and conflict over possessions of territories that some sort of regular armies came into existence, which necessitated building of forts for protection of the Kings and their armies in the time of crisis.
Most of the important forts in Panjab lost their strategic and military importance with the British occupation of Panjab and sea routes replacing the traditional land routes through North-West Frontier. As a result of independence of India and merger of princely states with the Indian Union, these chiefs of princely India suddenly lost their glory and grandeur. While some of the palaces, like the Jagatjit Palace, Kapurthala, and the Motibagh Palace, Patiala, were converted into Sainik School and National Institute of Sports, some others being used as police training centers and government offices, with the result that their maintenance and upkeep has gone to the back seat.

Through pictures and narration, an attempt has been made to provide a glimpse of the endangered heritage of Panjab and create the needed awareness for conversation.

Apart from the well built and decorated residential chambers in most of the forts, the rulers of erstwhile princely states of Panjab also built huge palaces. Patiala and Kapurthala remained foremost in this respect. The rulers of Nabha, Jind, Malerkotla, Kalsia, Sangrur and Faridkot also built palaces for their use. Their nobles built beautiful mansions which were called havelis. While most of the havelis have been destroyed or replaced by modern structures, some of them, which have survived, give us an idea of the glory and grandeur of the feudal rule in Panjab and of the kind of artwork which then prevailed.

£ 9.95

Hardinge Papers Relating to Punjab
Hadinge Papers relating to Punjab edited by Dr Kiroal Singh is a welcome addition to the exsisting studies in history of Punjab. it explores the records the enriches the source material that play significant role in constructing an objective profile of History.

A study of private letters of English rulers during their tenures in India.his book brings into focus the important information which is not available elsewhere..

£ 4.95

Historical Perspectives On Sikh Identity
This book presents a comprehensive, clear and masterly exposition of Sikh Identity bringing into high relief the views of the author in relation to the approach of four other scholars to this sensitive issue.
£ 5.95

History of Punjabi Literature

For centuries Punjab has remained a gateway to India, through which various races and invaders entered from time to time and spread throughout the countery...

£ 4.50

History of The Sikhs

History of the Sikhs is a five volume survey dealing with all aspects - religions, philosopical, political, military, social, economic and cultural, and the contribution of Sikhism to world civilzation, in particular to human rights.

£ 100.00
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