Friday, December 30, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a new mile stone....

Thank You Friends....each and every one of you .
21st December 2011  is a new mile stone....


WE Celebrate a 100,000 page views. 
Thank you.... such a simple phrase but one that holds so much meaning for me ...Well today I just wanted to take the time to say 'thank you' to each  and every online friend who has become part of my I am Daarji Blogspot. Your visit I valued ..... and your comments even more so.... about me and my blogs

Well ...what do I write about ?  I write about this and that ,whatever takes my fancy or triggers my imagination ...You could say it is kind of a mixed bag.....I have tried to share what I feel and in the process....I have learned so much. Perhaps we have learned , laughed, teased, progressed, provided comfort ......I hope...    :-)  . I have grown and become more 'me' on this Blog than I ever thought possible. ..... Freedom of expression...... maybe!!!



I have met .....and continue to meet some wonderful, amazing and truly beautiful people - who, though we are miles apart, and have never met, I feel like i know them inside and out.

I have made a family on here as much as I have in my real life  and i miss you all when I am not around.......And which has been alot lately - sorry...... so, with this being the season of 'goodwill'  I wish  you all people !!', .,..........



I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all my friends, past, present and future.


Love you all ....Daarji

Sunday, December 11, 2011

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER...Every Child’s Fantasy.


Who was Rudolph?
We all know that Rudolph is the endearing little red nosed reindeer, with nose shining so bright that he has been guiding Santa’s sleigh through snow and blizzard for many many decades. Rudolph is the Ninth Reindeer..... The most famous reindeer of all....he was ‘born’ many decades after his eight flying mates.


Legend goes that many years ago the Christmas that year would have become a void if Santa had not found a way to guide his sleigh through a fierce blizzard. Fortunately for him, there was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph becomes a hero when he guides Santa through the storm with help of his red glowing nose to deliver Christmas presents to children all over the world.


Who invented Rudolf?

All children like to believe that Rudolph was born at North Pole.




Well I did as a little boy....And that was a long long time ago. I was born in British India, what we popularly call ‘The Raj’..... Christmas was colloquially called ...the Baraah Din. ... The Big day. Christmas spirit was even more evident then....rather more unmistakable in the ‘Chawni’s....the cantonments’. There was always a picturesque church with stained glass windows ...Christmas bazaars.....Church soirees and so much more with lilt of Jingle Bells and Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer being carried on the breeze. Mostly the day was spent in the homes of our family friends...the Inglewoods, the Clarks or the Bartons, sharing the festive spread....and likewise Diwali was a resplendent affair at our house.


One of my most memorable memories are of a traditional white Christmas in Shimla...hill stations have stayed behind  as  some of the most curious monuments to the British colonial presence in India .


Since the nineteenth century they have exercised a powerful hold on the imagination of Indians and Britishers alike....and of all of the Indian hill stations, Shimla is the most well-known and the most-frequented.
Can't remember the last time we had a White Christmas in Shimla in the recent past..... My own memory of a white Christmas goes back to early 1940’s.... Sparkling flurry of snowflakes, and then later, pile upon pile of snow as far as the eye could see. Trudging through in our little snow boots over walls of crunchy snow all the way from our cottage to the Mall.






And then on to the Christ Church.....This church was built over a span of 11 years (1846-1857) and I remember the well tuned old organ... and the Hymns .


I am told that it is the second oldest church of Northern India. The beauty of the church is enhanced by the multi hued stained glass windows. 


It looks even more grand in the reflective moon off the pristine snow.....as kids we thought Rudolf with his shiny nose would really swoop in near the church on The Mall....


It was heavenly to sit together toasting chestnuts and drinking hot chocolate waiting for Santa’s sleigh.








Perhaps there is story I can tell you..... A story of a very special reindeer at the North Pole.


One Christmas Tens of years ago Rudolph, a little deer, was standing alone and sad...it was the day before Christmas. He watched as the other reindeer ran and played together, they had such fun. Rudolph was small but that wasn't the reason the others didn't ask him to join the reindeer games.

 Rudolph had a big, bright red nose. ...It was not a regular reindeer nose at all; it was so bright that it seemed to glow.
The other deer teased him, and they laughed about Rudolph's nose. They rolled in the snow with delight as poor Rudolph walked back to the stable, lonely and very, very sad.
It wasn’t much fun being alone... Rudolph sighed.

Soon the light faded from the day and everyone was scampering to load Santa's sleigh. It was getting darker and darker by the minute, and to top it all fog was making matters worse. The atmosphere was dismal and even the reindeers began to quarrel about who would be the best one to lead the team this evening. Soon all was set and Santa climbed into the sleigh and he set off.
He was already delayed, and it was so dark he couldn't even see the lead reindeer...... Time was passing and it became clear that no headway was being made. Santa was flying in circles. Santa was Lost!!!

  
What would happen to Christmas?
Santa was quite worried, he didn't even know how to get back to the North Pole, then dimly at first, and he could see a faint red light. Santa moved the sleigh towards the light and it grew steadily stronger and brighter.
What could it be he thought?
It was ever so bright. ....Carefully Santa brought the sleigh to rest close to the light.
And what did Santa find?


He found Rudolph playing by himself trying to enjoy Christmas Eve.

Santa asked Rudolph if he would mind helping out with the sleigh, that big shiny nose is just what he needed to stay on track....It would be like a ‘headlight’. Rudolph was thrilled, and jumped at the chance. The other reindeer knew this would save Christmas and they smiled their approval as Rudolph went to the front of the team. Jingle bells rang out crisply on that dark night as Rudolph and his shiny nose lead Santa and the sleigh full of toys around the world.
 From that day forward Rudolph came to be known as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ... Santa’s Ninth Reindeer.
Coming back to.......Who created Rudolf.....After all now that I am an old man I know that he was not born at North pole....How did come to be????
There are two versions of the origin of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" — the "official" one, as told in innumerable news articles over the past 50 years.....and the other which has the popular pathos...It was circulated on and off the Internet since the early 2000s.




The main difference between the two is how they explain what prompted Bob May to create the character of Rudolph in the first place. According to the official version he did it at the behest of his supervisor in the catalogue copy department of Montgomery Ward. However as per the popular version he did so to comfort and console his 4-year-old daughter, Barbara, whose mother was dying of cancer.
Rudolph's story begins sometime in 1939. The nation was still in the midst of the Great Depression but that didn't prevent people from celebrating and enjoying the good times of life. Times may have been difficult but that just meant that people had to be more careful with their money.

In the Chicago headquarters of department store giant, Montgomery Ward, that summer, executives were making plans for the coming Christmas season.


In those days cities were more compact and commerce was centred in the downtown. Scattered amongst the big banks and office buildings were the large, multi storied department stores. During the Christmas season shoppers would flock downtown and these stores competed fiercely for these people's shopping dollars.
To attract customers the stores put up abundant colourful decorations and, in their toy departments, they would create elaborate Christmas kingdom displays with Santa Claus enthroned in the middle. The highlight of the Christmas shopping season for children was a trip downtown with Mom and Dad to visit Santa Claus.

They would stand in a line and patiently and when their turn came, would sit on Santa's lap. After assuring Santa that they had been good, or had at least were trying hard to be good, they would tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Santa would then assure them that he would do his best to give them the toy they most desired and then, after making their requests and got up to leave, Santa would reach into the big sack next to his chair and, reminding them to be good, give them a little parting gift.
For many years Montgomery Ward had filled their Santa's sack with a Christmas colouring book that they had specially printed each year. .....But this year the Montgomery Ward executives wanted something new and different. ....They also wanted to save money. So, instead of calling upon an outside firm to create the new item, as they had done in the past, they decided to have their own advertising department create the new giveaway.
Thus it so happened that Robert L. May, a 34 year-old copywriter for Montgomery Ward, found himself charged with coming up with a new gift for their Santa to give to the little children.
Bob May went to work on developing a Christmas story for children.
 As a child, May had always been small for his age and this had brought forth taunts and ridicule from the other children. Drawing upon his experiences of being somewhat different and an outcast, May set about creating a character with similar problems who, in the end, rises above his problems and is transformed.
Who was the character?


What was the story all about?
The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit an outcast like hi. ....Himself. He created an animal story with a main character like Ferdinand the Bull....in this he was partly inspired in part by his daughter's fascination with the deer at the local zoo, he invented a tale about an outcast reindeer with a shiny, red nose who dreamed of pulling Santa's sleigh.

And thus a little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose came to being.
In the popular version ... Bob May depressed and broken hearted sat staring out his apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home.
Barbara looked up into her dads eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?"
Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob. Slight of build when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.
From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in.
Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938. Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined a make one - a storybook!
Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animals story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope.


Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores.
The booklet given out by the Montgomery Ward was an immediate hit with children and their parents with Montgomery Ward distributing 2.4 million copies the first year. The popularity of the story continued in the years immediately following 1939 but, because of war time paper shortages, Montgomery Ward was only able to produce and distribute 6 million copies between 1939 and 1946. Because the booklets were simple giveaways for children printed on newspaper stock very few of those original 6 million booklets produced by Montgomery Ward survive to this day.
Despite the immediate success of his creation, things did not go well for Robert May. His wife died about the time the Rudolph story first came out. The medical expenses of her illness left May deeply in debt. Further, even though May was the author of an immensely popular work he did not benefit financially from it. First of all, it was a giveaway and did not produce any revenue directly..., secondly Montgomery Ward was the owner of the work since the story was produced as a part of his job at Montgomery Ward .


Robert May Gets Rights to His Creation and Gene Autry Agrees to Record the Song

In late 1946, the financially strapped May approached Sewell Avery, President of Montgomery Ward and asked for the rights to publish the story commercially. Avery granted his request and in January 1947 the copyright to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was given to May by his employer. May then published the story commercially as a book in 1947 and also authorized the production and release of a nine minute cartoon version of the story.....May then teamed up with his brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks to turn May's story-poem into a song
May and Marks originally had some difficulty finding a singer for the But finally Gene Autry, the singer and actor best known for his role in westerns agreed to record the song. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was first sung commercially by Gene Autry in 1949 and instantly became a smash hit and had its place assured in the cannon of traditional Christmas music.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history!

 

The rest is history.


Rudolph himself turns 73 in January 2012.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NEVER GIVE UP !!!!!



A winner is not one who never fails...... 
But one who never quits!


At some point or the other in the various journeys we embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up. Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have been putting so much effort in to achieve.

Believe In Your Dreams
Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible. Don’t let anyone destroy your dreams.

 As Long As You live Anything Is Possible....
The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive... and healthy ....and free  you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.

Be Realistic
The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. Learn from them.


I have compiled this catalogue of reasons why you should never give up and I hope that you will find it before you give up, so that it can inspire you to keep going!

In LIFE, remember that we pass this way only once!

These are  some Real Life Stories... of real peple who never gave up!!

A candidate for a news broadcasters post was rejected by officials since his voice was not fit for a news broadcaster. He was also told that with his obnoxiously long name, he would never be famous. 


He is Amitabh Bacchan. 










A small boy - the fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father, was selling newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by religion and rockets. 

The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. He is the person to have scripted the Space Odyssey of India single-handedly - 

        Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 











In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca recording Company. The executives were not impressed.While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." 
 The group was called The Beatles

In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married."
 She went on and became...........Marilyn Monroe. 











In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, Fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere....son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." 

He went on to become Elvis Presley. 


When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call,President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to see one of them?" 





When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process." 

 In the 1940s, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after 7 long years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid company, to purchase the rights to his invention -- an electrostatic paper-copying process. 

Haloid became Xerox Corporation

A little girl - the 20th of 22 children, was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. 

By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. 

For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. 


Eventually this little girl - Wilma Rudolph, went on to win three Olympic gold medals. 


A school teacher scolded a boy for not paying attention to his mathematics and for not being able to solve simple problems. She told him that you would not become anybody in life. 

The boy was Albert Einstein. 


Lance was diagnosed with serious cancer that had spread throughout his entire body. He had cancer cells the size of golf balls in his lungs. Despite all odds he overcame the cancer and set out to win the Tour de France 6 Consecutive years in a row.


That is Lance Armstrong

 Lastly but definitely not the least....The Nelson Mandela..... He Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. On release he healed the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude toward his former political enemies.

The Moral of the above Stories: 

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet comfoert......Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened....... vision cleared.........ambition inspired and success achieved. 

We  gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do. And remember, the finest steel gets sent through the hottest furnace. 

Let The Haters Hate
There will always be haters. There will always be plenty of naysayers  and people who try to tear us down. Don’t pay attention to them and don’t take what they say to heart. Let the haters hate and you keep believing in yourself.

You Deserve To Be Happy
Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until you reach your destination!

 Inspire Others
Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up.

You Are So Close
Often when you feel like you want to give up and you are about to give up you are so close to making a huge break-thru. .... at any given time we may be  just a heartbeat away from success.


 "Failure is the pillar of success......They are our stepping stone!" 

"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."














Monday, November 28, 2011

Virasat e Khalsa....A Heritage Complex



It was in the year 1999, the tercentennial year of the Birth of the Khalsa that the dream process start build a Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib to commemorate the epoch-making event. The Virasat-e-Khalsa stands at a site that is the birthplace of the Khalsa Panth, which. It was here in 1699,onVaisakhi Day, that  Guru Gobind Singh, founded the Khalsa Panth.
It had to be an inspiring tribute to the laudable and poignant saga of the people of Punjab unfolding Sikh history and tradition like never before.

Hailed as a "wonder in the making", the Khalsa Heritage complex had been conceived on a scale with global perspective and located amidst rolling hills on a sprawling 100-acre estate inspired by the nearby Himalayan Mountains

In its grandeur it has no precedent, no comparison..... Conceived as a repository of the rich heritage of the Khalsa, showcasing the history and culture of Sikhs and their homeland, Punjab, the heritage complex enshrines the eternal message of Guru’s


Hype on Heritage
 The clarity of creative mission was to create a concept in architecture shaped like hands ascending as if in a subliminal act of offering a prayer

The Heritage complex.... Virasat e Khalsa is located in the state of Punjab and is sited overlooking the town. Divided into two sections that straddle a ravine, the memorial is joined by a 540-ft long pedestrian bridge over a network of reflecting pools. The western side, which is connected directly to the town, features exhibition galleries, a two-level library centred around a grand reading room that overlooks the water gardens, is a facility for storing rare archival materials, and a 400-seat auditorium.

The eastern side houses permanent exhibitions presenting Sikh history, religion, and culture. Rising from the cliffs below, the building is clad with locally-sourced sandstone and evokes the fortress cities of Rajasthan, Gwalior, and Punjab.
The galleries are arranged in groups of five and reference the Five Virtues of Sikh religion. Themes such as the earth and sky, mass and lightness, and depth and ascension are represented in the museum’s sandstone towers and reflective, dramatic sweeping roofs.

The credit of design and structural plan goes to Moshe Safdie, the internationally acclaimed Boston-based Israeli architect.

Safdie began designing the museum way back in 1999 and finally saw his efforts come to fruition at the inauguration.
A button to unveil the museum’s inaugural plaque as theVirasat-e-Khalsa monument rose out of the Shivalik hills of Punjab. 

Nihangs astride horses and on foot along with ‘gatka’ troupes dressed in blue with saffron colour turbans dotted the hillocks, adding to the backdrop.
Asha Bhosle started the function with a soulful rendition of the shabad, Mera Sahib, Mera Sahib, followed by Jaspinder Kaur Narula's rendition of ‘Deh Shiva Var Mohe Ihe’.
The programme ended with an ardaas.
A glider then cascaded confetti and flower petals on the throng crowd.
Then a finale, a fireworks display......and illumination.
Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1938, Moshe Safdie  must be proud  of his creation...He.moved to Canada with his family at age 15. He graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montreal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition and realized Habitat ’67, pioneering example of prefabricated housing and launched the 29-year-old Safdie on his illustrious career.

In 1970, Safdie established a Jerusalem branch office and was responsible for major segments of the restoration of the Old City of Jerusalem and, the new Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the Rabin Memorial Center. During this period, Safdie also became involved in the developing world, working in Senegal, Iran, and Singapore

Design Philosophy of the Virasat e Khalsa.

Moshe Safdie is the leading architect, of the project .....He embraced a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, guided by a strong set of values and without succumbing to current trends. Safdie philosophy is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place; and that in turn responds to human needs and aspirations of the community.

—and in conjunction recognize its responsibility to contribute richly to its setting and enduringly contribute to its community.

Contemporary architecture often lacks the qualities of ritual and ceremony that have historically been fundamental to civic, cultural and religious life. ...but this was not so for the Khalsa Heritage Complex.Safdie  was able to achieve  his  central objective  to create unique spaces and forms that introduce a sense of ceremony appropriate for the Virasat e Khalsa.


Through his buildings Moshe Safdie has been especially adept at realizing our aspirations. For us he has created buildings where heritage is forged, memory is enshrined, and identity is created in built form. Few architects would have been able to so fully realize their philosophies in practice and in such diversity of project type and geography. 
Virasat e Khalsa

The two main complexes are joined with a connecting long 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 with a seating capacity of 400 with temporary exhibition galleries and a library, housing all journals, magazines, books and periodicals on Sikhism. 

The eastern complex has the Flower Building and a wing called the Boat Building or the Heritage Section. 
The experience begins at ‘Panj Pani’ —The Boat Building of the complex houses the largest hand-painted mural in the world, depicting the past and the present of Punjab, as seen in its villages and towns and cities ....It took almost three and half years to complete the interiors which includes paintings, murals and around 400 artist were involved in it including designers.

Contrary to the tradition of domes which crown the sacred Sikh sites, the roofs of the Museum are concave-shaped receptors facing the sky. Sheathed in stainless steel, they reflect the sun’s light towards the Gurdwara and the Fort.

The roof of the Flower Building is shaped in the form of five petals - representing the Panj Piaras . Each petal will house an exhibit tracing the life history of all the Gurus from birth to attaining salvation/ martyrdom. These will be permanent exhibits. The petal at the highest altitude will have information and exhibits on Guru Granth Sahib. 

At night, the entire building will be illuminated with its large silhouette being reflected in the seven acres around of water around it. It will also illuminate the night skyline of the historical city of the birth of the Khalsa.

The museum, is truly Virasat e Khalsa  .....Not only will the visitors be impressed by just the majestic structure but the multi-media galleries at the complex as well. They bring alive the Sikh history and culture. Out of the total 25 galleries, 15 are ready to greet the visitors. The rest will be made in the second phase of construction at the complex.

For the remaining galleries, visitors will be guided by the auto-trigger audio guides, available in English, Hindi and Punjabi. ‘Auto-trigger’ implies that as you walk into any gallery and the audio guide plays content specific to the area. The voiceover has been rendered by actress Divya Dutta, Surjeet Pattar and Kabir Bedi respectively. The first five galleries depict the spiritual aspects of the Panth by making use of research material, stories and technology.


Next, I am told the visitor is greeted with the thought-provoking concept of Ik Onkar. The Mool Mantar will echo all around this exhibit. 

This exhibit, with special sound effects, is situated in a drum-like building where lights will create an image of Ik Onkar and an audio message will highlight the core principles of Sikhism. 


Then starts a mesmerizing journey into the lives of the first Five Gurus in the five petals of the flower building. These five petals tell tales from Guru Nanak to Guru Arjan. 

The first petal will have the milieu of the times Guru Nanak was born in, tracing his life through the far-flung travels (udasis) he undertook. Further, there will be galleries depicting the lives and contributions of Guru Angad and Guru Amar Das. 

One of the galleries is divided into two, by recreating a baoli in the middle, to highlight the latter‘s life work. It will have leather and shadow puppets with painted murals in background. 

The gallery in the fourth petal contains exhibits on the contribution of Guru Ram Das, including the construction of the city of Ramdaspur, adding 11 ragas to the existing corpus of Gurbani, and the Laavan. The city of Ramdaspur has been recreated in an embroidered form. 

The gallery in the fifth petal showcases key events in the history of Sikhism: the construction of Harmandar Sahib, as well as the compilation and investiture of the Adi Granth. A pathway leading to the gallery will have a replica of Harmandar Sahib. The gallery also has an ethereal, glowing representation of the Parkash Sthan - the place of the Adi Granth in the Harmandar, in the centre. 

Around this central installation are shown stories related to the Adi Granth. Four doorways around it recreate different scenes describing the life and times of Guru Arjan. 

There is another gallery depicting Guru Arjan's martyrdom in the form of a sculpture on the terrace. Here, the events around the martyrdom have been narrated in an evocative manner

There is also an exhibit, which will suggest the coming together of five elements - fire, earth, water, air and space. 

The petals in the crescent building will cover the lifespans of Guru Hargobind, Guru Har Rai, Guru Harkrishan, Guru Teg Bahadar, Guru Gobind Singh andGurta Gaddi.

The galleries at the lower level will chronicle the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the Khalsa, from Banda Singh Bahadar to immediately after Partition, when Sikh dynamism helped revive a trifurcated Punjab with its flamboyant energy and resilience. 

Is it a Tourist Hub in Making 

TheVirasat e Khalsa has a great potential to attract a large number of visitors, as the town already attracts millions of pilgrims from around the world to the many historical gurdwaras and Sikh forts in the region. 

The Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Governments have proposed a joint ropeway project from Naina Devi - the site where Guru Gobind Singh first recited "Chandi ki Vaar" - the Ode to the Sword - to Anandpur Sahib. Currently, a survey of the area is underway for this project. 

Besides these attractions, the Bhakhra-Nangal project and the Nangal wetland offer perfect features for developing this area as a major tourist hub.