Lahore, November 27, 2016: An Indian Sikh, for the first time, has held an exhibition at Guru Nanak’s birthplace and displayed the images of sacred trees in Sikhism. Many are unaware that after these sacred trees, almost 60 Gurudwaras have been named in India as well as in Pakistan.
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The exhibition has been put up in the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, in the main parikrama of the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara.
Last Friday, The exhibition, inaugurated by retired Indian IAS officer DS Jaspal, comprises 21 panels.
Each of the panel has an image of the sacred tree from the Jaspal’s book ‘Tryst with Trees’, along with a brief description of its features, its health status, and also the historical and religious background of the shrine in relation to the tree.
According to PTI, “Prominent Sikhs, including members of the Pakistan Sigh Gurdwara Parbhandik Committee, attended the inauguration ceremony.”
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On this occasion, Khalid Ali, the Additional Secretary, Evacuee Property Trust Board Pakistan, said, the exhibition “sends a strong message not only for peace and religious harmony but also for nature and environment and, in particular, of the relevance of religion in promoting conservation efforts.”
He complimented Jaspal’s pioneering research in documenting, with beautiful photographs, and sacred Sikh shrines in India as well as in Pakistan which are named after trees. Khalid further added that the exhibition will be of interest not only to the Sikhs, but also to all nature lovers.
In a pictorial book, Jaspal documented with photographs of 58 sacred Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan which are named after trees, rather 19 species of trees.
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Jaspal, has held exhibitions in Washington, New York, Oslo, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Lahore travelled extensively in India and in Pakistan for over a period of three years in order to compile the material and the photographs for the book.
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